fetch9 said: i call it the “i dont want the twins to overpay a mediocre outfielder” special.
Because all he’s good for is being an outfielder, obviously. And it’s not like he brings any sort of leadership to the club or anything.
at some point it’s unfair to pick on people who don’t really know how to evaluate a baseball player and just like players because they are nice or whatever. Which is all well and good, and I don’t begrudge anyone for preferring to watch baseball that way. But the point needs to be made that when it leads to things like that last paragraph, I’ll just say it’s a good thing front offices don’t think that way. (though, given some of Bill Smith’s moves lately, he may. Sobs.)
Also, if you want to play that game, Cuddyer leadershipped the Twins to 99 losses.
(all that said, I will concede that if they want to bring him back for 2/14 or something in that range and platoon him, and play him at DH/RF, that wouldn’t be the worst thing. Though the far smarter idea would be to offer him arbitration and let someone else sign him and then take the draftpicks.)