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Rockies not interested in moving Michael Cuddyer

Jan 12, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

Coming off a franchise-worst 64-98 record, things aren’t looking all that promising for the Rockies in 2013, even with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki. One would think they would be open to moving certain pieces that could net them some pitching or prospects, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that they are content to stand pat with a potential trade target.

This is the same team that traded right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham to the Astros for set-up man Wilton Lopez earlier this offseason, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by their approach.

Cuddyer, who turns 34 in March, batted .260/.317/.489 with 16 home runs, 58 RBI and an .806 OPS in 101 games last season and missed a good chunk of time during the second half with an oblique injury. He will make $10.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Instead of dicking around with Napoli, this is the guy the Red Sox should have targeted all along to play first base.

    The Rockies are going nowhere any time soon and Cuddyer would give them the solid, run producing right-handed bat they need…….and he’s one of those “high character/good clubhouse guys” the Red Sox seem to be looking for.

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM


      Cuddyer can’t catch, is old and declining, and has never been particularly good. He’s never had a single season in which he was as offensively productive as Napoli’s average.

      Yes, Napoli’s healthy represents some risk….buy you know what you are getting with Cuddyer, and that is below average offense for a corner guy that also provided below average defense anywhere he plays.

  2. xpensivewinos - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Did I mention he also has two good hips :)

    I hear ya…….Cuddyer is not a world beater, but he’s solid and at 21 mil over the next two years he’s a bargain relative to those three year/39 million contracts they’ve been handing out like candy.

    • paperlions - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Yeah, the two good hips thing…that is kinda key.

      Though, I don’t think $10.5M/year is a good deal for a 34 and 35 yr old player that has never hit that well and whose defense was never that good….with both declining as you would expect for his age. Plus, Cuddy won’t be free, they’ll have to give up something as well. If they were willing to do such a thing, they may as well have signed Ross.

  3. genericcommenter - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    With the elite .317, I’m surprised no one has chimed in to say he is perfect for a team that needs guys who get on base.

  4. zoel0005 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    When did Cuddyer become a bad defender? His arm in RF is one of the strongest in the league. While with the Twins, he was looked at when the team went through so many injuries with Morneau; he slid into the 1B spot nicely and was arguably the team’s MVP in 2011 (even though the team lost 99 games). He does have an injury history of always being nicked up, but when healthy, provides a steady bat and great veteran leadership.

  5. 757tony - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I’d take a team with 15 Cuddyers and win >100 games a year. His arm is epic, and every position he gets to play, with any consistency, he’s played well. You’d be hard pressed to find an MLB Manager, or community, that wouldn’t jump at the chance to have him on their team. His disposition, leadership, and work ethic are 100% Old School. People that know him personally would put him in Cooperstown, First Ballot…. JMHO

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