It looks like Michael Cuddyer will end up either the National League Batting Champion or the runner up to that spot by an average point or two. His work with the bat has been big for the Colorado Rockies this season but he is also one of the more veteran members of the clubhouse. His final season on the current contract is next season. Considering all he has done well in a Rockies uniform should the team go ahead and give him an extension instead of waiting?
The answer should be fairly easy in my opinion. Whatever good or bad Todd Helton did this season in the batter’s box, his presence in the clubhouse will surely be missed next season. Cuddyer is only in his mid-thirties but he still would be one of the more veteran members of this roster because they continue to get younger and younger with each call-up that is successful. A leader in the clubhouse is more than in Cuddyer’s wheelhouse.
Add that to the obvious work he does in the batter’s box and he is an obvious choice for a contract extension. It would probably need to be one for two or three years with a team option and incentives so that they were somewhat protected and he could have some monetary motivation as well. Cuddyer could be a really big factor on this team for the next couple of seasons but not if they let him slip through their fingers.