ESPN’s Buster Olney wondered aloud yesterday if there is a
trade to be made between the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies that would
involve Michael Cuddyer.
SPECULATION: You wonder if there is a deal to be made for the Rockies-Yankees in which COL eats a lot of Michael Cuddyer $ to move him.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 8, 2013
In Olney’s proposed deal, the Rockies would eat “a lot” of
Cuddyer’s remaining salary – $21 million through 2014 – in order facilitate a
trade. Considering the veteran only maintained an on base percentage of .321 in
2012, teams interested in trading for the veteran would likely want Colorado to
absorb “a lot” of his remaining contract.
From the Rockies perspective, Cuddyer isn’t likely to remain
with the team beyond 2014, and younger outfielder Tyler Colvin enters camp
without a clear position. A trade of Cuddyer would help the team shed salary,
pick up a prospect or two and find a spot for Colvin.
Cuddyer would figure to appeal to the Yankees considering he’s
an experienced bat that offers the club defensive flexibility. The 33-year-old
has the ability to play both corner outfield positions as well as first base.
In this way he could help fill in for Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
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