Michael Cuddyer got a $2-3 million buyout from the Mets

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Injuries caused Michael Cuddyer to call it a career at age 36 in mid-December despite having one more season and $12.5 million remaining on his contract with the Mets.

His passing up that money was cited as one final selfless act made by one of the most well-liked players in baseball. And it was, although not quite as selfless as initially thought. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Cuddyer and the Mets agreed to a buyout worth $2-3 million, so he got a nice retirement gift after back-to-back injury wrecked seasons and the team saved about $10 million.

Puma notes that the savings likely didn’t increase the Mets’ odds of re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, since that deal came together nearly two months later for way more than $10 million, but it allowed the team to add depth pieces like left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.