The Mets signed a bat.
The Mets world sort of went topsy turvy yesterday afternoon when it was announced that the Mets had signed Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a 2-year deal.
The amount of money had not been released by the time I am writing this, but it was confirmed that the Mets would forfeit their 1st round pick in the 2015 draft (the deal turned out to be 2-years, $21mil).
This changes everything for the Mets immediate future.
First, they instantly become relevant without dealing off any of their young pitchers.
If healthy, the starting Mets outfield (Cuddyer, Gold Glove CF Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson)
are, on paper, one of the more talented trio in the National League.
Matt den Dekker will either become the 4th outfielder off the bench, or instant trade bait.
The progress of Brandon Nimmo can be slowed down and timed more to the end of the Cuddyer contract.
Lastly, there is no way the Mets can keep their 2015 payroll under $100mil now unless they sell Daniel Murphy and DFA Ruben Tejada. Or, maybe this whole 'keep the payroll under $100mil' thing has been thrown out the window.
We all know how Sandy Alderson likes to set the plate with left field during the Hot Stove season. He did it with Chris Young and he did it again here.
I think it's a great move and a statement that the 2015 Mets will be a team to deal with. Yes, he had injuries in 2014, but over 2013-2014, he had 679-AB, hitting a combined .331. (30-HR, 115-RBI)
My guess... Lagares, Murphy, Wright, Duda, d'Arnaud, Cuddyer, Granderson, Flores, pitcher.