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Rockies owner says “we won’t trade” Michael Cuddyer

Jul 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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With the Rockies in third place at 46-50 and Michael Cuddyer having a career-year at age 34 he’d seemingly be a prime trade candidate, but team owner Dick Monfort said there’s “not a chance” the outfielder will be moved.

“Right-handed corner bats are pretty important,” Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “And put into the mix that he has major-league at bats, and he plays first base, too. So no, we won’t trade him.”

Cuddyer is signed for next season at $10.5 million, but his current .960 OPS is 100 points higher than the next-best mark of his 13-year career and 150 points higher than what he did last season in his first year with the Rockies.

  1. yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Oh, he has major-league at-bats? Why didn’t you say so?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Also, 1B — so few of those.

      • yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        And his right handed corner bat goodness.

  2. Conner012367 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I wouldn’t get rid of him too, hes one of the best players on the team

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      well go ahead and keep him!

  3. js20011041 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    This is why you don’t want owners making baseball decisions. The Rockies have hit the lottery. They’re going nowhere this year, and they’ve gotten a career year out of an aging, not the great to begin with, player. Strike while the iron’s hot.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Not sure where I read this but apparently they want to make him their full-time 1B next year seeing as Todd Helton’s contract is up this year. Could possibly be a plausible explanation as to why they’re hanging onto him.

      • spellingcops - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        What about Pacheco?

      • personalspaceinvader - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        This is my guess as well. Cuddyer will likely move to 1B next year so as to make room for some of the AAAA outfielders they have laying around (Colvin, Blackmon, Wheeler) or to see what they have in the younger guys (Dickerson).

        Pacheco is a defensive black hole anywhere on the diamond. DFA candidate before too long, I think.

      • jtpercell - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        @spellingcops: Pacheco is an offensive black hole as well. Over the last 35 games he’s appeared in…
        Batting average = .152
        On Base Percentage = .179
        OPS = .375
        WPA = -1.56

    • personalspaceinvader - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      ‘The Rockies are going nowhere this year,”

      In the long run, I agree. However, I don’t think its crazy to see that the NL West is still wide open. The Rockies want to push for the division title in a year where every other team in the division is struggling. I’ve got no problems with trading Cuddyer if the deal is right, but it would signal the team is throwing in the towel on the year which the players have begged them not to do.

  4. mentalfever - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Sell, Mortimer! Sell!

  5. yahmule - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    David Dahl is going through a lost season, but his “maturity issues” seem exaggerated and his future remains very bright.

  6. 13arod - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    js20011041 there are only like 5 games back

  7. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Liar. Every player in mlb is available. Even trout. Washington offers Strasbourg, harper and renfon for trout

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      I’m sure the Nationals are all over that one.

  8. bigred12 - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:04 AM

    This reminds me a lot of Cuddyer’s previous team and Josh Willingham. Trade him during his career year.

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