Marlins Rumors: Michael Cuddyer A Target?
By Chris Logel
May 21, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (3) hits a double during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
It has been just a few weeks since the Marlins season ended, but Marlins fans are still engaged in making the Fish better for 2015. One astute Marlins’ fan asked Miami Marlins blogger Joe Frisaro what potential free agents Miami might pursue this offseason to provide some power behind Giancarlo Stanton, assuming of course Stanton is around the Fish next year.
Frisaro had an interesting option that Miami may be interested in.
"In free agency, look for the Marlins to express interest in Michael Cuddyer, who dealt with hamstring issues with the Rockies in ’14. The 35-year-old was an All-Star and National League batting champ in ’13 when he hit .332 and hit 20 homers."
Of course Cuddyer is exactly in the mold that the Miami front office tends to look for when acquiring free agents. Old, extensive injury history, and on the wrong side of 35. 2 years ago, Cuddyer hit 20 home runs playing for Colorado, which translates to roughly -7 home runs in Miami.
All jokes aside, I think that Cuddyer will likely land in the potential price range that the Marlins are looking to pay, but if they do make a move, don’t expect the veteran to be much of an upgrade over Garrett Jones at first base. The one thing that Jones has going for him is his durability. Cuddyer and durability go together like oil and water.
In my opinion, I don’t think the Marlins sign Cuddyer. Any money that the Marlins spend on free agency will be to lock up Stanton long-term, and will be to add another starter (although I think that is a terrible move).
What do you think about Michael Cuddyer? Do you think that he would be an upgrade at first base? Let us know in the comments below!