By: Michael Ganci

Michael Cuddyer Can Still be an Asset


We found out earlier today that Michael Cuddyer is on track to return from the disabled list on Saturday.

While the corresponding move is unknown and while I’d prefer the Mets designate Eric Campbell for assignment, I think we will see Michael Conforto be optioned to Triple-A to make room for David Wright’s buddy. Now, I think a lot of people are nervous that Cuddyer’s return will upset the balance, but I think that’s wrong.

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Think pressure. There’s really none on him. Since the moves the team has made, balance is their identity. With the additions of obviously Yoenis Cespedes, along with Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson and a promoted Conforto, the lineup has been much more formidable. Throw in a returning Travis “Let’s Take This Sh*t” d’Arnaud, and we’re ready to rumble.

As far as Cuddyer goes, I think he will definitely start in left field against lefties, and he may spell Lucas Duda from time to time. With a series coming up against Tampa Bay in St. Pete, I think he makes his debut as a DH. I think the logical thing is to have him replace Campbell, who if he goes unclaimed can return on Sept. 1 when rosters expand. If nothing else, Cuddyer is a dangerous weapon to have off the bench.

Additional options are always a good problem to have, and it will be interesting to see how Terry Collins handles the lineup, egos and everything that goes along with it.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he'd have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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