Newest Met Michael Cuddyer met the press a few moments ago. And he revealed that he didn’t have any intention of testing the free agent market at large:
Cuddyer says he would have accepted qualifying offer had he not been signed by the Mets. Well then.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 11, 2014
So he effectively set a 5pm-yesterday deadline on his adventures in the free agent market. The Mets or no one else. Which makes sense, because I don’t feel like there was a big market for a draft-pick-encumbered Michael Cuddyer. The Mets wanted him and got him, but not many other teams would’ve done that.
Which isn’t to hit the Mets too hard here. I know a lot of people are, but really, I can’t get too worked up about them signing him. Yes, the pick is worth a lot and yes Cuddyer is a question mark as far as his health goes. But given how baseball has worked in the past few years — given that teams like the Royals and Mariners and any number of other sub-90 win teams are in contention or actually make the playoffs — it’s not crazy for the Mets to take a gamble. Cuddyer, if healthy, can improve them. Their pitching staff can carry them a long way if things break right over the course of the season. It makes some baseball sense.
Yes, the Mets could regret this. But nothing ventured, nothing gained.