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.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).