Colorado Rockies outfielder and reigning National League batting champ Michael Cuddyer will go on the disabled list for the third time this year. His hamstrings are the problem this go around. Having a player go down to injury is nothing new for the Rockies this year, but this injury may actually benefit the Rockies.
First off, though, it never benefits the team on the field when they lose someone to the DL. The Rockies will of course lose the production of Cuddyer, who hit for his second career cycle just a week ago. The Rox also lose the interminable hustle and infectious go-hard attitude that Cuddyer is known for. A staple in the clubhouse his whole tenure with the team, that presence will always be missed.
Michael Cuddyer brings a lot to the table, a lot of benefits to the Rockies, so what possible reason could there be to say losing Cuddy can help the team? Money.
Cuddyer is set to become a free agent when the season has run its course. With a batting title under his belt from last year, he was set for a raise from his $10.5 million annual salary with the Rockies. During an offseason that could be filled with many departures and additions, having to pay $12 million or so for a guy who's going to be 36 when next season starts would be tough to explain. Now, 7 or 8 million a year to have Michael Cuddyer retire with the Rockies doesn't sound so bad.
$7 million for a 162 game average of a .278 batting average, 21 home runs and 86 RBI, along with the hustle and clubhouse positivity is nothing short of a bargain. So, despite the blow to him personally and to the club this year, it may end up benefiting the Rockies in the future.
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