Mets forfeit their first round pick after signing 35 year-old “DH?”
The New York Mets will forfeit the 15th overall pick first round pick as part of their signing of 35 year-old Michael Cuddyer. The Mets signed the former Colorado Rockies outfielder to a two-year deal reportedly worth $21 million. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is excited over the new acquisition while many people are scratching their heads to why the Mets would give up their first round pick for a player who may only be a designated hitter at this point of his career.
“Michael is a tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “He is a proven offensive threat who also brings versatility in the field with the ability to play multiple positions.”
The Mets have been wary of forfeiting draft picks in recent years, but will surrender the 15th overall pick for landing Cuddyer.
Via SB Nation:
Cuddyer has spent most of his time in the outfield in recent years, where he’s been below-average as a fielder. However, he’s also played in the corner infield as well, including 14 games at first base and three at third in his most recent season. As Rockies blog Purple Row notes, Cuddyer is, “best suited for designated hitter at this point in his career.” The Mets, who play in the National League, will have to put him in the field.
While baseball draft picks are hit or miss, giving up your first round pick for a player who only played in 49 games last year seems like a reach. Cuddyer was an All-Star in 2013, but the former Minnesota Twin will be turning 36 years-old when the 2015 MLB season kicks off. Alderson better hope this pays off, or he may be out of a job.