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Phillies consider signing Michael Cuddyer a “middle priority”

Nov 13, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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The Phillies met with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer a few days ago in the City of Brotherly Love, giving him a tour of Citizens Bank Park and taking him out to a lunch attended by multiple front office officials. But their interest in signing him to a long-term contract is not as high as you might think.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe spoke this weekend to a source with knowledge of the Phillies’ offseason strategy. And that source said this:

“[Cuddyer is] about a middle priority. They’d love to have him, but the Phillies aren’t going to go crazy to make it happen, either.’’

In other words, that meet-and-greet was more of a feeler than anything. If Cuddyer’s market isn’t flush with suitors and his asking price drops, the Phillies might pounce and make him their new starting left fielder (and part-time first baseman). But for now they’re simply monitoring talks. Cuddyer, who turns 33 in March, batted .284/.346/.459 with 20 homers and 70 RBI in 584 plate appearances this past season for Minnesota.

  1. flyerscup2010 - Nov 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    i’d love to know what they consider low and high priorities then.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Apparently we learned that Papelbon was an extremely (excessively) high priority.

  2. genericcommenter - Nov 13, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Why would he be a priority?

    • Kanonen80 - Nov 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      He can fill in for Howard at first, but can play OF when Howard comes back.

  3. bleedgreen - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Shortstop should be their high priority. Martinez and Valdez are a great 1-2 punch as backup/bench/utility guys, but starting SS’s they are not. With Mayberry able to play 1st and Dom Brown possibly able to play LF for the time being, they don’t NEED to sign Cuddyer. Is he better than Brown? Probably right now, yeah. Will he be a year or two into a contract? Maybe not.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 14, 2011 at 7:45 AM

      I agree with most of what you say, but I will argue that Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez are not even good bench options. Both are only able to play one position decently (Martinez 3B and Valdez SS) and neither can hit at all. If it were up to me, Michael Martinez would be with the Iron Pigs next year. I’d probably keep Valdez around though.

  4. leftywildcat - Nov 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I guess that means that re-signing Oswalt and Rollins are high priorities?

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