Michael Cuddyer Needs To Step Up For Colorado Rockies

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Michael Cuddyer decided before the 2012 season that he needed a change of scenery and signed with the Colorado Rockies. He struggled through an injury-filled season, playing in only 101 games while hitting 16 home runs. The Rockies have all their main players back from injury this season including Cuddyer, and that should allow Colorado to be a more solid team for the 2013 MLB season.

Cuddyer had hit 20 home runs in 2011 while still with the Minnesota Twins, and is one of the few players around the league that can play four different positions solidly. There was a lot expected out of Cuddyer last season and I think there will be even more asked of him this season.

Colorado has Troy Tulowitzki back this season along with a healthier Carlos Gonzalez. Cuddyer is going to need to come up with a season that includes over 20 home runs and at least 80 RBIs in that thin air in Denver.

Cuddyer is now 34-years old, and I’m sure he will be the target of trade talks if Colorado falls out of the hunt for the postseason. He should realize that fact alone must make him a better player for the Rockies this season, or he is going to be stuck playing in Colorado through the rest of his contract, which expires after 2014.

The career of Cuddyer isn’t going to last much more than another three seasons, so the veteran should want to finish his career strong, whether it is with the Rockies or somewhere else.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.