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Source: Cuddyer agrees to buyout with Mets

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In unexpectedly retiring this offseason with a year left on his contract, Michael Cuddyer left around $10 million on the table, a source tells MLB.com. The New York Post first reported Wednesday that Cuddyer accepted a buyout from the Mets worth between $2 million and $3 million.

Coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season that saw him appear in only 117 games, hitting .259 with 10 home runs, Cuddyer was owed $12.5 million in '16. He could have collected that sum if he remained injured or unproductive, or even if he spent the entire season on the disabled list.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In unexpectedly retiring this offseason with a year left on his contract, Michael Cuddyer left around $10 million on the table, a source tells MLB.com. The New York Post first reported Wednesday that Cuddyer accepted a buyout from the Mets worth between $2 million and $3 million.

Coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season that saw him appear in only 117 games, hitting .259 with 10 home runs, Cuddyer was owed $12.5 million in '16. He could have collected that sum if he remained injured or unproductive, or even if he spent the entire season on the disabled list.

Instead, Cuddyer negotiated a modest settlement with the Mets, seeking to retire after a 15-year career that included two All-Star appearances. Neither side revealed details of the pact at the time.

"I just knew I wasn't going to be able to give what I expect myself to give out on the field," Cuddyer said in December. "I knew I could still bring leadership and still bring qualities that can contribute. But I take a lot of pride in playing the game the right way, and playing the game the way that I know I was capable of playing. I didn't feel like I could bring that anymore. And with great humility, I made the decision."

Saving $10 million enabled the Mets to become more aggressive in their free-agent pursuits this offseason, signing Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Jerry Blevins, Alejandro De Aza, Antonio Bastardo and, eventually, Yoenis Cespedes. Those six players will make over $50 million combined this season.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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