Michael Cuddyer is now a much needed member of the Rockies. The former Minnesota Twin signed a 3-year, 31.5-million dollar deal with the Rockies.
He'll help in a number of areas. He's versatile and can play either corner outfield spot as well as first, second and third.
He's also got some pop in his bat. You just hope that at 33 come Opening Day that he still has a few good years left.
Cuddyer won't carry a team on his back, he won't be the guy who will make Rockies fans run and get playoff tickets just yet, he won't make the spectacular play in the field, but he is a solid contributor who will simply do his job. From what I've heard, he's a great teammate and good team chemistry guy. Still, he'll have to adjust to the National League and it's pitchers but that isn't as difficult as it used to be in the days before Interleague play.
While I'm looking forward to chatting with Cuddyer about baseball, I'm really looking forward to talking about his photography hobby.
If you go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/fivebball/ (copy and paste into address bar. It won't link on here), you will see some great photos from Cuddyer. His nature scenes and city shots are great but I absolutely love his ballpark photos. Being a player, he has his run of ballparks and takes great shots of behind the scenes places that fans don't normally get a chance to see. I would urge any baseball fan and especially fans of ballparks to check out his site.
By the way, if you notice on the address to his site, it says "fiveball" which was Cuddyer's number with the Twins. Since Carlos Gonzalez is number five, I wonder which number Cuddyer will end up with and if he'll change name of his flicker page.