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New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

The Twins announced on Monday that they've hired Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins as special assistants in the team's baseball operations department.

The trio will work with Twins executives and coaches to ensure development in player understanding of culture, talent evaluation and organizational vision, as well as be available as a resource for players and coaches in the mental and fundamental aspects of the game, the team said in a press release.

Cuddyer played for the Mets in 2015, after which he officially retired from baseball with one year left on his contract.

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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Noah Syndergaard opened eyes during Game 3 of last year's World Series with his purpose pitch to Royals leadoff hitter, Alcides Escobar, and with his bold comments after the game.

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(Bill Streicher)

The Mets paid recently-retired Michael Cuddyer a buyout worth between $2 million and $3 million, reports Mike Puma of the Post, citing an industry source (March 1).

Cuddyer, 36, was due to earn $12.5 million this season before announcing his retirement in December.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Puma that the Mets still would've been able to pursue OF Yoenis Cespedes had they not saved money due to Cuddyer's retirement, but noted that some of their other offseason moves might not have happened.

Cuddyer, who had signed a two-year deal prior to 2015, hit .259 with a .309 OBP and .391 SLG in 117 games last season for the Mets while dealing with multiple injuries.

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Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets a high five from left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets a high five from left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michael Conforto has the talent to be an impact bat for the Mets, former outfielder Michael Cuddyer said Thursday during an interview with Matthew Cerrone.

"He definitely has the talent to be a middle-of-the-order hitter for a long, long time," said Cuddyer, who played one season with the Mets before retiring this past December.

Cuddyer also said Conforto is humble and eager to learn, two things that will serve him well as he adjusts to playing his first full season in the big leagues.

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Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets a high five from left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) gets a high five from left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michael Conforto has the talent to be an impact bat for the Mets, former OF Michael Cuddyer said Thursday, during an interview with MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone.

"He definitely has the talent to be a middle-of-the-order hitter for a long, long time," said Cuddyer, who played one season with the Mets before retiring last December.

Cuddyer also said Conforto is humble, and eager to learn, two things that will serve him well as he adjusts to playing his first full season in the big leagues.

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, I had the pleasure of talking with Michael Cuddyer, who retired last season after playing one year with the Mets.

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May 27, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) is high fived in the dugout by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer (23) is high fived in the dugout by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Cuddyer is glad to see Yoenis Cespedes returning to the Mets, but he says their success is still dependent on their pitching.

"It was important, but I don't think it was gonna break their season if they didn't sign him," Cuddyer, who helped the Mets get to the World Series in 2015, told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio. "They have a pitching staff that they rely on heavily. It's all coming back with another year under their belt. Obviously, Cespedes helps them. But, it was not as important as everyone made it out to be."

Cuddyer, 36, announced his retirement in December. He had one year and $12.5 million left on his contract.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

Mets OF Michael Cuddyer, who was entering the second year of a two-year deal, announced his retirement on Friday night >> Read more

Cuddyer wouldn't reveal how much of his $12.5 million salary he forfeited, but said the Mets handled the situation in a first-class way >> Read more

The Mets officially signed IF Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal that contains a third-year team option >> Read more

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer celebrates after hitting a walk off RBI single in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Cuddyer officially retired from baseball this week. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer celebrates after hitting a walk off RBI single in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Cuddyer officially retired from baseball this week. (Andy Marlin/USATSI)

Mets OF Michael Cuddyer retired from baseball after a 15-year career on Friday night (Dec. 11). While he spoke about it in an article in The Players' Tribune Saturday morning, he spoke with the media on a conference call Saturday afternoon. Here's what he said:

1. Cuddyer, who was due $12.5 million in 2016, would not reveal how his salary would be handled. "This is a unique situation that nobody saw coming, but the way Jeff Wilpon handled it, the way the Mets handled it, was first class," Cuddyer said.

2. For the immediate future, Cuddyer's post-playing plans include spending time with his family and children.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

Mets OF Michael Cuddyer has officially retired from baseball after a 15-year MLB career on Friday night.

Cuddyer, 36, spent one season with the Mets, hitting .259 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs in 117 games. He signed a two-year, $21 million contract last winter and was due to earn $12.5 million in 2016.

Earlier Friday night, the Mets.com transaction page listed Cuddyer as retired, however the entry was deleted shortly after screenshots started surfacing on Twitter.

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