Cuddyer in town to meet with Phils
November 8, 2011
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According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today to meet with Phillies officials
Cuddyer has left town so no deal is imminent. As Zolecki says, it just means that the Phillies are interested.
Cuddyer would fill a wide range of needs. He plays both corner infield and outfield positions. He could potentially split time with Jim Thome and John Mayberry Jr. while Ryan Howard is out with a torn Achilles.
The former Minnesota Twin hit ,284 and had 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 139 games in 2011. His best year came in 2006 when he hit 24 home runs and knocked in 109 runs.
Cuddyer is a solid hitter who would be a change of pace in the current Phillies lineup. The lineup is heavily dominated by left-handed hitters but Cuddyer could help to break that up.
He is also a good clubhouse guy and has had a very strong career with the Twins.
The signing makes sense from a baseball standpoint. I’m not sure what the price tag will be but the Phillies should stay in the hunt for a guy of Cuddyer’s caliber.