Is Cuddyer Enough To Compete?

Even though the New York Mets finished the 2014 season with a losing record of 79-83 it was probably the most hope-inducing season the Mets have had in a long time. With yet another ace added to the pitching staff, the asset of a bullpen, and the confirmation of starters in center field, first base, and catcher, the Mets had quite a number of positives to look at.

It looked as though if the Mets could secure a few more key aspects of the team – namely left field and shortstop – they would be able to have a playoff contending team.

The New York Mets have not, however, been able to finalize the team for the 2015 season.

The only major signing Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made so far this off-season was Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer is an injury prone, soon to be thirty-six year-old man who only played in 42 games last season.

In addition to this, Cuddyer has been playing for the Colorado Rockies, a team famous for having a ballpark that increases a batter’s numbers. While .332/.376/.579 with 10 homers and 31 runs-batted in are really good numbers for such a small number of games, they fail to prove that he will help the Citi Field stricken Mets in 2015.

To be brutally honest, Michael Cuddyer is just a carry-over signing to keep the Mets fans interested. It was not a signing meant to save the team, and it was certainly not one meant to bring in a permanent left-fielder. Rather, Alderson signed Cuddyer in order to hold Mets fans over for another year.

With the current Mets lineup, assuming everyone plays as expected, they will not be able to compete for their division. If anything, the Cuddyer signing will help the Mets make September games relevant by being able to compete for the second wild card slot.

So why is there such a positive attitude? Well firstly, to keep the fans satisfied and make them come to the games. But secondly, because there is a good chance that 2015 will be even better than 2014, highlighted by the return of Matt Harvey, the second year of Jacob deGrom, the solidification of a starting eight, the debut of Noah Syndergaard, and probably more.

Thus, the Michael Cuddyer signing was more about allowing Alderson’s plans to either succeed or fail – not turning the team into a World Series contender. If the Mets do eventually build a World Series team, Michael Cuddyer will not be on it.

But, this is no reason to hate the Cuddyer signing. There is a chance that he will provide the Mets with two solid years out in right field. He will also be here to help nurture younger players along with David Wright and Bartolo Colon. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. While Cuddyer is not the a part of the light itself, he will be here to help guide us to it.

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