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Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:23 pm
Michael Cuddyer, who has agreed to a $31.5-million, three-year deal with the Rockies, was the team’s top target this winter for obvious reasons. He is the righthanded hitter they seek. He is also the great clubhouse presence they love.

He is also similar in many ways to Michael Young, the one who got away.

The Rockies thought they had agreement before the 2011 season that would have sent Eric Young and another young (lower case) player to Texas for Michael Young. But when Michael Young told the Rangers he’d like to stay, the Rangers asked out of the deal, and the Rockies very nicely obliged with the stipulation that they’d have first crack at Young if he should go back onto the market.

Cuddyer, like Young, is a excellent righthanded hitter who’s versatile and great in the clubhouse. He isn’t quite as good a hitter as Young, but he fills the bill, nonetheless.

It also helps set the Rockies up for the rest of the winter. Cuddyer’s deal marks the end of Colorado’s pursuit of Carlos Beltran who is said to be talking to the Cardinals, Blue Jays and one other team.

They still seek a starting pitcher and have shown interest in Hiroki Kuroda and Joe Saunders. They also had made an early offer to Kevin Milwood.

Cuddyer, a longtime Twin, had received three-year offers from the Twins and Phillies and possibly also the Mariners.

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Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:20 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

maybe a better option could be Scott Kazmir

and i thought the padres fan that said he thought rizzo was worth desmond jennings in a trade was going to be the funniest thing i would read all day lmao, this takes the cake, scott kazmir + coors field= not such a good idea

Since: Oct 23, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:55 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Cuddy has got some power, but the right field porch is 25 ft further thatn target field. If the mystique of the thin Colorado Air is true maybe he'll knock 30+ hr's this year.

Since: Apr 16, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:44 am

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Sad to say but Cuddy will light it up in Denver. He will be missed. Meanwhile the Twins are stuck with the M&M boys: The salaries of 5 players, the production of (almost) 1.

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:12 am

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Absolutely right! That's where I was really disappointed in Cuddyer.  He was NOT AT ALL clutch and the swings he took with 2 strikes were just terrible! He murders first pitch fastballs and is a fine fielder but it was his AB's in key situations that were tough to watch. 

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:25 am

Jon Heyman

So, I decided to watch MLBNetwork today for some baseball news, and to watch Dave Stewart talk about the World Series. Right after Jon Heyman came on along with Mitch Williams, Harold Reynolds, and Matty Vasgersian.

Some viewer asked if Pudge is retired, if not, where is his market value.

Jon Heyman said something like this, "Ivan Rodriguez, a potential Hall of Famer....." Frown  WHAT?

Pudge is a definite HOFer. Or, am I an idiot? Foot in mouth

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:33 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Cuddy will hit 30 home runs next year in Denver. Perfect pickup but sucks to see him go as a Twins fan.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:14 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

So people have been calling the Twins signing of Willingham at 3 yrs 21 mil overpaying, seeing as how both him and Cuddy have had very similar numbers, what would you call the 3 yr 31.5 mil contract for Cuddyer? Don't get me wrong, Cuddyer was solid, but he should not be making that much money, one of the worst clutch hitters I've seen.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:58 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Another large chunk out of the crumbling wall of the Minnesota Twins.  All as a result of two ridiculous contracts given by the Twins to Joe Mauer (23 million a year) and Justin Morneau (15 million a year), among others (Pavano/8.5 million a year and Span/8 million a year).  As a result of these contracts the Twins now can't afford to keep one of the most underrated players in the majors and one who will be a much bigger asset to the Rockies and the Denver community than they realize. 

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:26 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Man, I hate to see Cuddyer go, but can't help bu wish him the best. Great guy all along.

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:12 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Gret news, we finally get a real free agent that might make us better, this guy is grinder and very much underrated now he get to prove it with us, now our 3-4 will finally have some protection.

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