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.
The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.
A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.
If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.