Colorado Rockies: Is Cuddyer the Chip to Put Them over the Top?

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Colorado Rockies: Is Cuddyer the Chip to Put Them over the Top?
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I will admit it, when I first heard about the Colorado Rockies signing Michael Cuddyer for three years and $31.5 million, I was a bit confused and surprised by the move.

Back in August, when the Rockies traded away arguably the greatest pitcher in the team's history, Ubaldo Jimenez, my reading of the tea leaves was not telling me that it was to "to make our team better in the very near future," as general manager Dan O'Dowd had stated, but rather to shed themselves of the contract and save money.

Clearly, I was wrong.

The signing of Michael Cuddyer has made me want to reassess the chips that were traded to Colorado and look at the team's composition for the 2012 season. Was trading Jimenez really the fastest way to be better in a more timely manner?

Maybe, just maybe.  Let's have a look.

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