That Michael Cuddyer signing is looking great

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Michael Cuddyer is out of the lineup again today as a “precaution” regarding his knee. Indeed, he has missed six out of the last eight games with a sore left knee, that reportedly swells up every game.

Cuddyer, the Mets’ big splash offensive addition this past offseason, is hitting .240/.292/.356 with six homers. This after playing just 49 games last year. He’s making $8.5 million this year and $12.5 million next year.

Cuddyer will have his knee looked at in New York when the Mets return from the current road trip. Until that time, Mets fans can ask themselves whether it’s better that he’s being overpaid to not play as opposed to being overpaid to play.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.