Was the Cuddyer signing worth it? Twitter speaks
Ask a question on Twitter and you never know what kind of response you’re going to get. On Monday, after it was announced that the Mets had signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal, thus forfeiting their first-round pick (No. 15 overall — story on new Draft order is here), I posed a simple question as an informal survey:
Informal poll: How many of you think Michael Cuddyer is worth giving up the No. 15 pick in the 2015 Draft for?
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayoB3) November 10, 2014
Simple enough, right? I wasn’t sure how many, if any, of you would answer. Well, more than 70 of you did. Which is great, because I hadn’t blogged in a while and this gave me something cool to write about.
A majority — 52.8 percent, to be exact — answered in the negative, that the Mets either shouldn’t have signed Cuddyer, shouldn’t have given up the 15th overall pick for him, or both. Many were simple “No” or “No way” answers. Some were more along the lines of this one, which kind of says — maybe for some teams, but not the Mets:
@JonathanMayoB3 Maybe if you are a team who is one player away from being a WS contender….the Mets are not
— Nick Hammernik (@NHammertime) November 10, 2014
A quarter of people who responded (25% on the nose) thought it was a worthwhile move. Again, some gave a simple Twitter version of a nod of assent. Some people elaborated. There were those who thought Cuddyer was the right man for the job:
Some felt the Mets had to do SOMETHING to show they’re trying to contend:
@JonathanMayoB3 For the mets, yes sir. Time to shut up and put up.
— Tracy Fay (@TracyFay2012) November 10, 2014
Some felt giving up the No. 15 pick wasn’t something to worry about, like this response to someone who had voted “No.” (More on this in a bit):
The remaining people (22.2%) gave some variation of “It depends.” It depends on what Cuddyer does. It depends on if you think the Mets are close to contending. Mostly, it was a lot of, “It depends if the Mets are done.” If this is just the first salvo in an offseason flurry of moves, then it’s worth it. The point has been made that if the Mets go after another free agent with a qualifying offer — Troy Tulowitzki, for the sake of this discussion — then they’d be getting that higher-profile free agent for just a second-round pick, thus making the Cuddyer signing make more sense.
@JonathanMayoB3 it’s bigger than that. If cuddyer is only piece mets get, than no. If he is the 1st of other pieces, he might be.
— Marc Samet (@MarcSamet) November 10, 2014
I must admit, I tend to be a bit Draft-skewed, based on what I do. So my initial reaction was that giving up a top 15 pick for Cuddyer didn’t make a whole lot of sense, especially for an organization that had been re-committing itself to re-building a once-moribund farm system. They’ve come a long way and another first rounder certainly wouldn’t hurt. I’m willing to wait and see what else the Mets do before passing judgment, and I understand the pull in New York to compete. But I would be remiss if I didn’t respond to those out there in the Twitterverse who echoed the “who cares about the No. 15 pick” sentiment above.
First, a list of other former No. 15 picks:
That’s just a sampling, but four of the five have been All-Stars. Countless others have been productive big leaguers. And I’m not even going to get into players after No. 15 (I mentioned the obvious choice in Mike Trout in response on Twitter), not to mention players taken past the top five or six, the threshold thrown out there in the tweet above.
I’m curious to see how this all plays out: How much Cuddyer can help the Mets, how his signing fits into a larger plan for the team and, of course, who the Braves take at No. 15 next June. That is, of course, unless they sign their own qualifying free agent.