Rockies to sign Cuddyer to three-year deal

December 16, 2011 | 8:51 am | 56  

The Colorado Rockies have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal will pay Cuddyer $31.5 million over three years.

The Rockies have been considered the favorites to sign Cuddyer since his former team, the Minnesota Twins, signed Josh Willingham earlier this week. Cuddyer, 32, can play both corner outfield positions and help out first and third as well. He hit .284 with 20 home runs an 70 RBI in in 139 games and made the All-Star team for the first time in 2011.

Tagged:

56 Comments »

  • Wayne | December 16, 2011 | 8:59 am

    I like the signing but I think they overpaid. I feel he could be an impact bat bu that $4.5 million over the $27 that I thought they would spend could have been used in another area (pitching, Prado for example).

    At least they signed someone worth having.

  • jaredean | December 16, 2011 | 9:04 am

    Yeah, overpaid. But, maybe that was the only way to get him so it comes down to: overpay and have him, some don’t think worth money (not our money) or don’t pay, many grumble that Dan never pulls the trigger on anything and we have no other really good fit. I choose overpay. Last year with the michael young thing that never happened we didn’t get a true power righty and I didn’t want to see it happen again.

  • rockymountainhigh | December 16, 2011 | 9:19 am

    It’s either overpay to get a upper shelf player or continue collecting scrap heap year after year. At least it wasn’t that much of an overpay like Jason Werth last year.

  • rockymountainhigh | December 16, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Cuddyer has been to the post season and is an All Star. Same cannot be said of Wiggy nor Willingham. It was icing on the cake that he can play LF as well as 3B, 2B, or 1B should a sinkhole appear somewhere.

  • Rich M | December 16, 2011 | 9:44 am

    Sorry I just do not get it – Willingham for $21m or Cuddyer for $31.5m (both for three years). Straightup I would have preferred Willingham because he has the bigger RH power bat. All this versatility stuff is just not doing it for me. DanO I think you totally over paid on this one, as the Twins were not going to pay more than $27m BEFORE they signed Willingham.

  • Jon S | December 16, 2011 | 9:48 am

    That’s simply the way free agency works – you pay a lot for something you could have gotten on the cheap had you developed the talent internally.

    That having been said, it’s probably not the worst way the team could have spent the money. The only real alternative to overpaying for free agents is signing your good home-grown talent to extensions – which the Rockies already did last year. If deals like this affect the team’s ability to retain guys… well, then that’s a problem.

    The best way for any team to find success is to focus on growing talent and trading for what they lack. The former is how the Rockies found success in recent years. And the past few months they’ve been much more active in the trade market than usual. Hopefully O’Dowd’s moves pay off and a few of the new young guys really take off.

    Jon

  • Julian | December 16, 2011 | 9:56 am

    Overpaid. And I also think the versatility thing is overrated. Hopefully, Arendado plays 3B within a year, and we don’t need Cuddyer there. I doubt that he’s much of a 2B. I do wonder if he becomes the successor to Todd at 1B before this three year contract is over. I hope that the signing of Cuddyer doesn’t stall the development of Wheeler/Matthes/Parker as future Rockies’ outfielders. Hopefully, now that Cuddyer is signed, DOD can move on to pitching, trade Smith for a pitcher and sign one or two others. For a rounding error in the Cuddyer contract you could possibly have already signed Romero (who has signed with the Cardinals) and Millwood (who I think is still available).

  • Alex Colfax | December 16, 2011 | 10:04 am

    A welcome move. They’ve needed a righthanded power bat since trading Holliday three years ago. If Rox overpaid a bit, so be it.

    Since Cuddyer has been primarily a rightfielder, I’m wondering if he moves to left or Cargo stays there. And Cuddyer also fits as a viable alternative at first when Helton needs a break.

    Let’s hope it’s not another eleven years before Rox sign another big-name free agent! It appears Hampton-Neagle Syndrome has finally gone into remission.

  • Miketober | December 16, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Overpaid. But it was either that or don’t sign him.

    I’ve been a Smith defender, but I’m okay with using him to get either an upgrade at 2B or 3B or a good SP. I hope he lands on a team that plays him every day, and hopefully in the AL or out of the division so he doesn’t have too many opportunities to pound the crap out of Rockie pitching every time we play him.

  • Rich M | December 16, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Yet another reason that I don’t like this deal is that now J Tracy has yet another excuse to “think” that he HAS to play Cargo in left field at Coors instead of everyday in right field where he belongs!

    Oh well I am guessing (and yes really hoping!) that J Tracy will not be here nearly as long as Cuddyer and this contract.

  • Sedin | December 16, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I really doubted this would ever happen and am delighted to be wrong. This is the RH bat they’ve needed for some time and I agree that if they had to overpay a bit that’s the cost of doing business in the free-agent market these days.

    Hopefully they can turn Smith and a propect into a decent starting pitcher or everyday infielder. If there’s no good deal available, rather than just give Smith away I would not be adverse to him staying.

    I think Cuddyer is the first everyday player of some stature to sign as a free agent here since Walker in ’95.

  • progmatinee | December 16, 2011 | 11:01 am

    If Cuddyer has a cannon arm, I still support the left hander in left right hander in right theory of mine. :)

  • Miketober | December 16, 2011 | 11:05 am

    How about this? Keep Smith. Play Cuddyer at 1B and Smith in LF on Todd’s rest days (preferably against RHP). Bat Seth in the 2-hole. Keep him for PH on days he does not start.

  • Rich M | December 16, 2011 | 11:22 am

    He does reportedly have a canon arm, but your theory still makes no sense at all to me. Put the better overall player who also has a canon arm in RF please.

  • Bill | December 16, 2011 | 11:43 am

    I love the move. Sure they overpaid. So what. Although it’s funny that in this morning’s DP Renck said the Rockies made their final offer at 27mil. Somebody’s wrong.

    Gotta disagree with Prog about having a right hander in right and left hander in left. Personally I think it would be better the other way because the left-handed right fielder would have a better angle to 2nd and 3rd while the right-handed left fielder would have a better angle to 2nd which is the base he would more likely be throwing to than 3rd.

  • Jon S | December 16, 2011 | 11:47 am

    As Julian touched on, one of the most interesting elements to this signing is how it affects Colorado’s stable of promising future outfielders. Based on what we’ve heard, the team refused to include Wheeler or Blackmon as part of a deal for Prado, but I really wonder if there’s much of a role for them now. 4th and 5th outfielders are nice, but not worth holding onto if you can immediately fill a big hole (2B).

    What do you guys think?

    Jon

  • Sedin | December 16, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    Jon…I would think that the addition of Cuddyer to Rockies’ outfield would certainly lead you to think the team would be more receptive now to including either Wheeler or Blackmon in a theoretical trade with Atlanta. Don’t forget that Tyler Colvin, yet another lefty hitter, is also in the outfield picture.

    I’ve read both Minneapolis and St. Paul papers this morning and writers there cannot say enough nice things about Cuddyer as a good guy, great teammate and someone always willing to do his part and more in the community (with no fanfare).

    One other thing I read says that he is deaf in his left ear, one big reason why he has played virtually no LF for the Twins. I’m not sure how that will factor into his spot in the outfield here, but I would perfer to see CarGo stay in right. Cuddyer has little quickness, but apparently makes up for that with sound positioning and a terrific arm, no surprise since he came up and played most of his career at third.

  • Curt in Florida | December 16, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    I subscribe to the school of thought that says when the bidding is over and you have won you could easily find out later that you were only bidding against yourself. However, I don’t think this was the case with Cuddyer. The Phillies have deep pockets and the Mariners reached out as well. The $31.5MM is simply the cost of doing business and you try and make up for the steep pay by winning more and making post-season. Ask the Clippers if they feel they overpaid for CP3.

  • progmatinee | December 16, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    The Rockies have a habbit of overpaying for mid-level talent because they refuse to pay for the absolute top talent.

    I like this signing compared to most of the moves they’ve made over the last 4 years, so I’m not going to criticize it.

    The only thing I wonder is why they are more willing to go $10m for a guy that hits 20 HRs a year but are unwilling to go $12m for Dan Uggla, someone who can hit 30+ at a premium position, or $17m for a MVP candidate like Holliday who can hit 30+ and bat .320+.

    I’d rather the Rockies go big on offense (stay away from premium P contracts)…but I’ll take this.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | December 16, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    “The Rockies have a habbit of overpaying for mid-level talent because they refuse to pay for the absolute top talent.”

    Seems like this is right in this case, at any rate.

    I think this is a horrible signing. Cuddyer was never an exceptional player, and he will be 33-35 yrs old during this contract. They’re paying what is fairly substantial money for this club for a guy who likely will decline significantly over the term of the deal. He also has not been a gifted fielder at *any* position so given his age and his avg-at-best ability in his prime, you’re also likely to get poor defense out of him at any position. It will be a joke if he gets extended time at 3rd or 2nd.

    The silver lining to me is, it’s not my money, and I *think* the contract should not hamstring them, as they’ve cleared some space w/Street, Cook and Ubaldo moving on. (I am also assuming they wouldn’t use that money to go for a better but higher-priced player…)

  • Curt in Florida | December 16, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    Almost everyone on this blog liked and wanted Michael Young (justifiably) last year. Cuddyer is about three years younger than Young.

  • rockymountainhigh | December 16, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    Cuddyer will be playing at age of 32-34, not 33-35. He made $10.5M last year so that’s par for him.

  • Wayne | December 16, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Jon s, I posted the same question on another thread. Surely, now out of the Fowler/Blackmon/Wheeler threesome one of them could be expendable with Smith to lure Atlanta into trading Prado or Jurgens, and throw in some additional spice and maybe get both.

    I think that somebody should be expendable to get a Prado and or Jurgens.

  • Luke | December 16, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    This is stupid. Don’t drink the Kool Aid. This is a classic Rockies move: sign an average player, overpay him, and pretend he is great to get the fans excited. Don’t buy it. The guy’s career numbers are marginally better than Seth Smith’s. Smith makes less than half a mill per season and is younger. Cuddyer is not a good fielder. So we just shelled out $30 mill for a player we basically already have and we still don’t have a 2B or 3B and are lacking in starting pitching. Waste of resources really. Just another reason O’Dowd needs to go.

    P.S. FIRE DAN O’DOWD!

  • Luke | December 16, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    And I am sorry, but anyone that thinks the Braves will trade Jurrjens for any Rockies outfielder besides Cargo (who we obviously won’t deal) is living in a dream world. Wake up and watch the ass-kickings, my friends.

  • Ryan | December 16, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    What is the front office thinking? Lets spend $30 million for 3 years of a decent outfielders decline, than cry poverty when an opportunity to make a significant move comes along.

  • Luke | December 16, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Ryan, that is exactly what they are thinking. Can we please fire Dan O’Down already and stop this way of thinking?

  • sabrchip | December 16, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Neither excited nor PO’d. Right handed power was a need filled.

    Overpaying by $4.5mil? Spread over the length of the contract is only 1.5 per year. In major league parlance, a yawn, less than a month’s pay.

    I’m interested in the trade/no trade provisions. If he can be moved back to the AL (could be a good DH candidate at the trade deadline) down the road, then that’s not so bad a deal. Just becuz he’s signed for 3 years doesn’t mean he’ll be here that long. If he does his avg or above, then he’s worth somethin’ decent in trade. If not, well, the Rox have done worse.

    I’m not for rushing the young OF’rs. I’d personally like to see Wheeler in the Springs this year. Parker can start in Hi A, move to Tulsa quick if he’s up to it, get a Sept call-up. I’m not one to see them languish on the farm if they’re producing but just because Cuddyer signs for three doesn’t mean we’re stuck with him for three.

  • sabrchip | December 16, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    BTW:
    We can’t fire, trade or sign anyone. We’re stuck with what the Rox have, get, develop.

  • Luke | December 16, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    We can fire O’Dowd, and see if the next guy can do better at getting and developing.

  • Mike Raysfan | December 16, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    I’ve been “bitting my tongue” all day. Keeping the fingers off the keyboard. Interesting to see some who wanted this to happen now seem to have some degree of buyers remorse. It was no secret he would not come cheap. It was well documented what his original asking price was.

    Oh well.

  • Robb | December 16, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    This works for me. Teams have to spend more in order to get a guy who has been with the same organization his whole career. If the money is equal, they will stay with home team. My concern is that JT will treat him like a platoon player and split time with Smith/Blackmon et al as his ability to manage a lineup is notoriously bad.

  • Bill | December 16, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Lot’s of different views on this signing. Those that hate it, hate it. Others like it.

    From my point of view this is a great move but of course we’ll see. If I’m not mistaken he had his best years batting 5th behind two great hitters Mauer and Moreneu (spelling?). Last year the Canadian M was out most of the year and Mauer had a bad year and Cuddyer had an off year, although not bad at all. (In a bad hitters park). I guess we’ll see next year but I think he’ll be a huge upgrade overall from what we had last year. And personally I still like Smith as the 4th or 5th outfielder and #1 pinch-hitter and bid Giambi bye bye.

  • sam | December 16, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    how can people question this move he’s the best free agent signing we have had in a long time
    he has been to the playoffs in 6 seasons with the twins
    decent offensively, does not strike out alot, hes had 5 grand slams in his career
    one of the best arms in the outfield made alot of assists 19 in 2007

  • jimboelrod | December 16, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    I think this is a good signing. The guy has some versatility and will put up good offensive numbers with half his games at Coors (.280 20-25 HR and 80-85 RBI). People are always complaining about the Rox being cheap, and now they complain because the Rox overspend?

  • Mike Raysfan | December 16, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    jimboelrod, not sure if you read all the *stuff* flying on twitter yesterday. Once everyone was pretty convinced he was signing with the Rockies there was doubt by a national talking head “insider”. He did not seem to think he will put up good offensive numbers in Coors and one well known even said the Rockies will overpay.

    Too bad we didn’t go after 1)a very good solid starter -or- 2)Marco Scutaro

  • egossage | December 16, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    I like it I guess. He’s better than every other player we’ve received in trades so far. Not sure why we got Colvin from the Cubs. Where the heck is he gonna fit with this club? Maybe we’ll package him in a trade. At least with this signing they got a decent baseball player. I think he’ll have a couple really good years with us. Now get a 2B and some pitching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • miketober | December 16, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    Remember that although Cuuder and Smith’s numbers are similar, JT only played Smith about half the time, so Cuddyer is really an upgrade over EYJ, Spilly, Blackmon, and Wiggy. Huge improvement! And we still have Seth to trade for a 2B upgrade, a PH, or a sub on Todd’s days off. Great move by DOD.

  • SteveinAurora | December 16, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    Likely overpaid. His agent worked the Twins/Phils/Orioles slant to his favor. Still, a positive, right-handed bat with power that probably slots in the five spot. I would have liked to have gotten someone that would fit better in the clean-up spot, leaving Tulo for five…but, that’s splitting hairs. A positive move forward from where things were at this time last year…and the year before, etc.

    Keep in mind, Street was “the man” and was signed to a 3-year, $27M contract two years ago. If this doesn’t pan out, there is probably a way out down the road. And, by then…we have a better feel for where the kids on the farm are at.

    So…how best to address 2B, 3B and SP?? I think that, given the recent dealings, I’m even better with re-signing Millwood.

  • rockymountainhigh | December 16, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    The doubters and optimists of this acquisition have their valid points. Its going to be at least a couple of years before we can really judge the value of Cuddyer. The bottom line is that the Rox are making over their culture and roster, far better than status quo. We have the offense, defense, and bullpen. Rox’ success or failure will hinge on the starting rotation. I hope we manage to get a veteran that’s at least an upgrade over Kevin Millwod. We don’t want to overpay for a SP as he will essentially be a three month rental until we get DLR back.

  • Agbayani | December 16, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    Thoughts:

    1. I’m happy to see that the Rockies’ management is willing to spend a bit. I was getting worried that we were back in full cheapskate mode.

    2. But this is kind of weird, isn’t it? Willingham — about as similar a player as you could hope to find — signs for $10 million less over the same time frame. Over at insidethebook, Tom Tango suggests that Cuddyer’s free market value should’ve been anywhere between 3/22 and 3/33, depending on what you think of his defense. So at a minimum we paid on the high end. How about saving 3-4 million per year by signing Willingham and using it to upgrade elsewhere? O’Dowd probably thought his bargaining power would increase after the similar Willingham was signed. He was wrong. With pretty much all decent (non-Prince) players off the market, Cuddyer’s bargaining power increased. If my last name were Montfort I’d be kind of pissed at him.

    3. But isn’t this not just kind of, but really, really weird? We were sort of o.k. in the outfield. Smith and generic RH hitting corner outfielder is at least a league average combo. Meanwhile, we’re unbelievably, ridiculously, laughably crappy at 2B and 3B. So sign a league average guy for free agent league average money to play RF and the time gets only a tiny bit better. Sign a league average guy for free agent money to play 2B and the team gets significantly better. OK, if Smith is trade bait for that league average-ish second baseman I guess I get it. But still: you’d be paying Cuddyer $10 million a year and Prado $5 million (a guess) to play 2B, and that’s $15 million to get to average at 2 positions. Seems like you’d do better applying the money to 2B. But maybe O’Dowd has some kind of diabolical plan that’s beyond me …

    4. Assume Arenado’s not ready. We should assume that. He had a very nice season in High A ball for a guy who was young for his level. But really: a .298/.349/.487 line in A ball doesn’t exactly scream “major league ready.” In that case, are we better off suffering through Wiggy-esque defense from Cuddyer at 3B for a year or two and playing Smith (or somebody else we acquire) in the OF? The answer is probably yes, although I’d be shocked if O’Dowd didn’t promise Cuddyer sole occupancy of RF for the next 3 years.

    5. People can give up on that Seth Smith for Jair Jurrjens stuff. Jurrjens is 26. He put up a 128 ERA+ last year. Yes, there are some injury concerns, and yes the drop in his K rate last year was troubling. But no way a Seth Smith and a middling prospect get him. This is about as silly as suggesting that Huston Street could’ve brought Volquez; in reality, he brought a 26 year old lefty with an 86 mph fastball who never came back from an injury and who has not pitched above A ball.

  • 40DegreesNorth | December 16, 2011 | 9:34 pm

    Cuddyer was loved by Twins fans, so maybe he’ll bring some good karma, but I’d still prefer pitching. I really think the Jimenez trade set the franchise back by several years. IF there is even a whiff of Jurrjens being available, I’d grab him. Let the Cuddyer contract be an example going forward, NOTHING will be cheap via free agency. If our plan of an ace-less corp of starting pitchers falters, we are stuffed, no matter who we put in the batting lineup.

  • rockymountainhigh | December 16, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    If Arena do isn’t ready we still got Jordan Pacheco. Don’t forget that Justin Upton reached the majors before he turned 21. I’m tossing the book of bringing along slowly. This is his second straight year he’s worked out with Tulo and Giambi in Las Vegas.

    I don’t think the Jimemez trade set the franchise back a few years. Actually it moved the franchise forward a few years by filling the SP pipeline. Before the trade we had nobody near major league ready unless you count Greg Reynolds.

  • Mike Raysfan | December 17, 2011 | 8:07 am

    I was re-reading some of the comments that Mr. O’Dowd made leading up to and during the winter games. While reading his interview on Pacheco, in which he stated they’ve spent too much time converting him to catcher to give up on that, I found another interesting line.

    Much has been said about Seth Smith of late. This is Mr. O’Dowd just a couple of weeks ago.

    ““We like Seth Smith — he’s a good player for us,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd.”

    source: MLB.com

  • Julian | December 17, 2011 | 11:15 am

    Agbayani, I was wondering about the possibility of playing Cuddyer at 3B until Arenado arrives. I would think that at the very least, Arenado would play the first part of the year in the minors to put off his timeline for arbitration and free agency by a year. So, you could player Cuddyer at 3B, and keep Smith until the trading deadline, trade him then, and bring up Wheeler, who by then could be ready to be a major leaguer. Cuddyer could get some time in RF against lefties in lieu of Smith, and Pacheco could be the backup at 3B. If we can’t get a player who we want in exchange for Smith, then we should hold onto him.

  • Miketober | December 17, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    Julian, I like your thinking. That’s a good plan.

  • Kyle | December 17, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Just speculating but I think maybe the reason that finalizing the contract took longer than expected had to do with a no trade clause. Maybe the Rox threw in a few more million in order to keep a no trade clause out of the contract (which IMO would be worth it for future flexibility).

  • progmatinee | December 17, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Do you guys think this might be a make or break signing for O’Dowd? I mean if it doesn’t work out that very well could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. He’s going all in.

  • Ryan | December 17, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    I would hope so prog.

  • GoRoxGo | December 17, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Prog, I believe you’re onto something re/ this being a make-or-break move for O’Dowd. Actually, this entire offseason and all the moves collectively will spell his fate. He has to get the Rockies back to a respectable record and contention in 2012 or he’s likely gone. On that score, it’s not just the Cuddyer signing (which was an overpay). It’s what’s yet to come. It’s also how he will look in a year after dumping Street for salary relief, Stewart for a couple marginal guys, and Iannetta for a young unproven pitcher who was brought up too soon by the Angels. Plus, DOD’s Ubaldo trade of last summer will be more easily evaluated, and that hopefully doesn’t burn us. Personally, I think Ubaldo will bounce back strong after what was simply an off year.

    If any of the players he gave up on do have fine seasons, and none of the acquistions produce more than pedestrian numbers for the Rockies, the only way O’Dowd stays is if the team overachieves in 2012. Otherwise, I feel he will finally get what a GM whose team has never won a division in 12 seasons while compiling the 12th best record in his league from 2000-2012 (and only 2 playoff appearances) deserves….a spot in baseball’s unemployment line.

  • Ryan | December 17, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    This is what depresses me about this move –

    Cuddyers stats from last season – .284/.346/,459
    Seth Smiths stats last season – .284/.347/.483

    So the Rockies basically just spent %30 million on an older, right handed version of Seth Smith. This team is on a fairly limited budget, and that cash could have been better spent.

  • Ryan | December 17, 2011 | 7:22 pm

    Pretty bad typo there, I wish we could edit these.

  • Mike Raysfan | December 17, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    Prog, national talking heads are giving Mr. O’Dowd mixed reviews:

    “Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd is having a very good winter. If he can add another strong arm or two, he has a chance at a great winter.”

    Then, as I mentioned in a previous post above, some are saying we overpaid and didn’t really upgrade much over Smith. Like I said to jimboelrod, the *stuff* on twitter was all over the place.

    “The Rockies overpaid for Michael Cuddyer, who he considers to be a part-time player. Colorado is receiving perhaps a one win upgrade over Seth Smith, but paying $7-8MM more than Smith would earn.”

  • RocketMan | December 18, 2011 | 10:05 pm

    So far, the moves all appear to be lateral, just new faces on the scoreboard. None of them seem to come with a sustained history of playing winning baseball. Unless the new guys bring some new type of intensity, amping up the clubhouse beyond the longtime laid back, no pressure atmosphere, 2012′s edition seems like its destined to bring us all more of the same.

  • GARY | December 19, 2011 | 3:18 am

    Three years of searching for a RH bat to replace Holiday and this is the best we can do??? 30 mil for a 32/33 year old seems too much to me.However if he can play a decent 1st base 2-3 times a week I would be much happier.Hopefully this signing allows us to tolerate a good field no hit option at 2nd base,and allows Todd’s back to make it all the way thru the season and not blow up in Sept. again.

  • JJ2 | December 19, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Steve, where does Todd Helton hit the 2012 lineup? 3rd or 6th? Cargo should hit 3rd if he can find the ball in April & May. Cuddyer hits 5th to protect Tulo? Todd hits 5th for left hand bat behind Tulo? a lot of money for Cuddyer to hit 6th. Also, who leads off? EY at 2nd base?