UPDATE: Cuddyer has officially announced his retirement in an excellent piece at the Players’ Tribune.
9:31 p.m. ET, Friday: An odd thing happened on Friday night: Michael Cuddyer was listed as having retired on MLB.com’s transactions page, and then it was gone. SB Nation’s Mets blog Amazin Avenue caught the slip-up. That led to the Mets being questioned on Cuddyer’s status and they offered a “no comment”, per Newsday’s Marc Carig. Moments later, Carig and ESPN’s Adam Rubin — among others — were able to confirm that Cuddyer is indeed retiring.
So there you have it.
Cuddyer, 36, signed a two-year, $21 million contract with the Mets in November 2014. $12.5 million of that total is remaining. The outfielder struggled this past season, hitting .259/.309/.391 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 408 plate appearances. The veteran battled knee and wrist injuries throughout the season and played in only 49 games the year prior due to a fractured left shoulder socket.
Over 15 seasons in the majors — 11 with the Twins, three with the Rockies, and one with the Mets — Cuddyer batted .277/.344/.461 with 197 home runs and 794 RBI in 6,102 trips to the plate.