Michael Cuddyer is finally getting the credit he deserves, receiving an All-Star berth and recognition from around the league as his trade value increases.
Cuddyer has been a bit inconsistent statistically in his time with the Minnesota Twins. Still, he has been a very consistent locker-room guy that always produces at key points in the season.
This offseason, Cuddyer's $10.5 million deal expires. He will likely be open to negotiating with the Twins, and they will do everything they can to get him back.
It does not help the team's bargaining stance that he is having a phenomenal year. Still, the Twins should try to bring down Cuddyer's salary a bit with a two or three-year deal. Maybe a two-year, $17 million deal would make him think.
Cuddyer has been a part of the Minnesota Twins organization for a decade. It would be extremely sad to see him depart for a bigger deal.
The Twins overpaid a bit to retain him once already, and it is unlikely they will do so again.
This will likely lead to Cuddyer finding a bigger deal or a team that has a better chance at a World Series run this offseason.