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.