When our own Michael Mayer discovered that Michael Cuddyer was no longer listed on the 40 man roster and then crosschecked it with MLB.com and Mets.com he surmised that the Wilpons may have just received a very Happy Hanukkah present and that the veteran outfielder had retired.
Look at what is on the Mets current transaction page. pic.twitter.com/mO9xbCykSc
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) December 12, 2015
Within minutes social media was buzzing with the news as Mets beat writers scrambled to try and confirm the story. It was true, and while most Mets beat writers and very-well-paid former and current SNY bloggers chose to be douche bags and ignore Michael’s discovery, at least a couple of guys like Rich Couthino of 98.7 ESPN acted with integrity and credited Mike for his find.
It looks like Mets payroll is now sitting at roughly $89 million – give or take a million. The question now is, could this open the door for the Mets to change their stance on ruling out a big bat for the outfield, or will they continue to pursue Gerardo Parra to platoon with Juan Lagares?
By the way, you can assume that Cuddyer will receive some sort of buyout, but so far that’s being kept under wraps. Maybe we’ll know by Monday. Also, a good chance Cuddy sticks with Mets in some capacity.
I ran a poll on Friday asking Mets Twitter which outfielder they’s like to see the Mets go after and here is how they responded:
How should the Mets proceed in the outfield?
— Metsmerized Online (@MetsMerized) December 11, 2015
While you let that marinate, here are some reactions to Cuddyer’s surprising retirement:
I learned all I needed to know about Cuddyer when he helped Conforto so much even though he was taking his PT He's a future manger
— Rich Coutinho (@coutinho9) December 12, 2015
So, in summary, the Mets paid at least $8.5 million and a first-round draft pick for one year of .259/.309/.391 and 0.0-0.5 WAR.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 12, 2015
— John Strubel (@johnstrubel) December 12, 2015
As far as I'm concerned, the Cuddyer deal was worth it just for this. Classiest (former) player in baseball. pic.twitter.com/Kv7nWh41Jy
— Collect the Mets (@CollectTheMets) December 12, 2015
— GusTheMetsFan (@GusTheDonutMan) December 12, 2015
I love that last one!