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Michael Cuddyer was one of the names linked to the Philadelphia Phillies around the trade deadline last year, and although the deal never happened, it would make a lot of sense now.
Cuddyer had a strong season—.284 with 20 home runs, 70 RBI and 11 stolen bases—and he just completed a four-year, $33.5 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. He won’t warrant that kind of a deal again, but a two-year, $8 million deal seems reasonable for the 32-year-old Cuddyer.
Cuddyer is primarily a right fielder, but he also played a lot of first base last year, plus even time at second base and third base. He would basically serve as a super utility player for the Phillies.
He could fill in at first base for Ryan Howard, second base or third base should Chase Utley or Placido Polanco get hurt or simply need a day off, and he’s another option in the outfield.