I didn’t think I’d be doing another Hot Stove custom so soon after the Joe Maddon card I featured last week, and I certainly didn’t expect it to involve the Mets… but here we are, with David Wright’s buddy Michael Cuddyer signed to a two-year contract.
The initial surprise wore off, but I’m still not sure what to make of this deal. On one hand, I like the fact that the Mets had their sights set on a guy and they actually got him. They also could use a bat in left field to complement Lagares & Granderson.
On the other hand, Cuddyer’s got a history of injury, and his recent stats have been padded from playing in Denver. There’s also the matter of the lost 15th overall draft pick, but that may or may not be a big deal. Here’s a list of 15th overall draft picks from 2000 to 2009: Chase Utley, Gabe Gross, Scott Kazmir, Brian Anderson, Stephen Drew, Lance Broadway, Chris Marrero, Devin Mesoraco, Ethan Martin and Alex White. That ultimately means nothing, but it’s kind of reassuring to think that the Mets could be giving up nothing more than Lance Broadway in exchange for signing Cuddyer.
Besides, if the Mets sign another free agent who requires compensation, then it’s all moot, right?
A quick note about the custom-making process: I enjoy getting the opportunity to make customs of my favorite teams, but it really is a pain in the butt when pinstripes are involved. At first I attempted to change the color on Cuddyer’s Rockies pinstripes, but eventually took a Mets jersey from another photo, poked, prodded and adjusted it until it “fit”. Pretty much the same deal for the hat.
Speaking of pinstripes, here’s a pointless little fact: In his first game with the Mets, Cuddyer will have played for three Major League teams, all of whom wear pinstripes at home: Twins, Rockies and Mets.