Looking to bolster their offense the Mets signed free agent Michael Cuddyer as a free agent prior to the 2015 season. Cuddyer, a 14 year veteran who won the National League batting title with Colorado in 2013, was the Mets opening day leftfielder and cleanup hitter. For the record, he went 1 for 4 in the Mets win over the Washington Nationals.
Unfortunately, Cuddyer never really got on track and struggled for most of the season finishing with a .259 average with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. He hit his first home run as a Met on April 12 in the Mets 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. His most productive game occurred on August 26th against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBIs in the Mets 9-4 victory.
Despite Cuddyer’s struggles the Mets did win the National League Eastern Division and advanced to the playoffs. But by that time the playoffs rolled around Cuddyer was no longer the Mets everyday leftfielder. As the Mets advanced to the World Series he appeared in 6 playoff games and hit just .091 (1 for 11). His only hit came during game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Despite having one year left on his contract Cuddyer retired following the 2015 season.
While with the Mets Cuddyer wore number 23.
Michael Cuddyer also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2001-2011
Colorado Rockies – 2012-2014