Rock­ies’ cud­dyer signs on with mets

JoongAng Daily - - Sports -

Veteran out­fielder Michael Cud­dyer, the 2013 Na­tional League bat­ting cham­pion, has signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets, the Na­tional League club said Mon­day.

Cud­dyer, 35, a two-time All­Star who hit a ca­reer-best .331 for the Colorado Rock­ies in 2013, was limited to 49 games last sea­son due to three stints on the dis­abled list.

The early off-sea­son sign­ing by the bud­get-con­scious Mets sig­naled a de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­prove a lack­lus­ter of­fense in support of their promis­ing young pitch­ing staff.

The right-handed hit­ter, who came up to the ma­jor leagues as an in­fielder with the Min­nesota Twins, bat­ted .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs in 190 at-bats last sea­son.

Terms of the deal for Cud­dyer, a .279 ca­reer hit­ter, were not dis­closed. Cud­dyer also played some first base and third base for Colorado last sea­son.

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