Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton retired at the end of the 2013 season, creating a hole in the infield. The team will move Cuddyer to first base to replace Helton, and will search for a right fielder during the offseason instead.
Cuddyer is coming off his best offensive season, batting .331/.389/.530 with 20 homers and 74 RBI. The right-handed hitter can expect to see his numbers decline next season, he is unlikely to sustain a .382 BABIP, but has hit .277/.345/.462 over 13 seasons in the majors. Cuddyer is a below-average defender in right, so the move to first could help the Rockies defense.
Shin-Soo Choo is considered the top free agent outfielder available, although he is expected to command a hefty price. Carlos Beltran, Nelson Cruz and Corey Hart will also be available in free agency, and the Rockies will check out the trade market as well.