Cuddyer a perfect fit for Phillies
Michael Cuddyer won't get the most money among the free agents this winter, but he may well have the most suitors. And now in the aftermath of the Phillies' signing of Jim Thome, they are making a hard push for Cuddyer, Jim Salisbury writes.
Which makes complete sense. Think about all that Cuddyer could do for the Phillies next season.
1. He could fill in at first base until Ryan Howard returns from his torn Achilles, or he could remain there all season.
2. Cuddyer could help balance a Philadelphia lineup that has been very left-handed in recent seasons. Last year, Cuddyer hit .311 against lefties with a .992 OPS, which ranked sixth among all major leaguers with at least 150 plate appearances against left-handers.
3. When Howard comes back, Cuddyer could become something of a rover, starting in right or left or giving Chase Utley an occasional day off when Charlie Manuel feels like Cuddyer's defense at second wouldn't be exposed.
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