With the Rockies in third place at 46-50 and Michael Cuddyer having a career-year at age 34 he’d seemingly be a prime trade candidate, but team owner Dick Monfort said there’s “not a chance” the outfielder will be moved.
“Right-handed corner bats are pretty important,” Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “And put into the mix that he has major-league at bats, and he plays first base, too. So no, we won’t trade him.”
Cuddyer is signed for next season at $10.5 million, but his current .960 OPS is 100 points higher than the next-best mark of his 13-year career and 150 points higher than what he did last season in his first year with the Rockies.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.