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Johnny Cueto | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Making his Royals debut, Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Cueto didn't have his best command in his first start with his new club, but it was good enough for a quality start. He gave up seven hits and walked a pair while striking out seven batters. The new Royals' ace will get the Tigers next time out. Jul 31 - 11:43 PM

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Johnny Cueto will make his Royals debut on Friday in Toronto.

Cueto was officially traded to Kansas City on Sunday in exchange for left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed. The 29-year-old impending free agent had a tremendous final outing for the Reds on Saturday night, throwing eight shutout innings at Coors Field, and he should provide a massive boost to the Royals' rotation down the stretch and into the postseason. He's sitting on a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio through 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 3:56 PM

Royals acquired RHP Johnny Cueto and cash considerations from the Reds in exchange for LHPs Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

The deal was reported earlier Sunday by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and has now become official. Cueto has dealt with an elbow issue this season, but he looks to be healthy now after spinning eight shutout innings at Coors Field on Saturday. The right-hander is a much-needed ace for the Royals and he should thrive in Kauffman Stadium with Kansas City's terrific defense behind him.
Jul 26 - 3:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have completed a deal to acquire Johnny Cueto from the Reds.

The two clubs nearly finished a deal on Saturday before it fell through because of a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. However, it appears they've agreed to a revised proposal. There's no word yet on what the Reds will receive in return, although Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports notes that Brandon Finnegan was discussed in trade talks. Cueto is a perfect fit for Kansas City, as the Royals were in desperate need of a big-time starter and are built for another postseason run in 2015. The righty's fantasy value receives a big boost, as he'll benefit greatly from Kauffman Stadium and the Royals' defense.
Jul 26 - 11:40 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals remain "hopeful" that they can revive a trade for Johnny Cueto.

They had a deal in place on Saturday before it fell apart due to a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that the Royals are unwilling to part with Raul Mondesi in a rental deal, but they still have the prospects to get something done. Kansas City has a big need for a frontline starter and Cueto would certainly fit that bill.
Jul 26 - 11:20 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Royals and Reds "continue to work" on a trade that would send Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi previously reported that the clubs nearly completed a deal on Saturday but it fell through due to a physical issue with one of the players slated to go to the Reds. ESPN's Buster Olney noted that pitching prospect Sean Manaea has dealt with hip issues, so it's possible he is the aforementioned player. While the two teams may have to alter the composition of the deal, it appears that there's still a good chance they could get something done.
Jul 26 - 10:09 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Royals were close to acquiring Johnny Cueto from the Reds on Saturday night.

Rosenthal says one of the players going from the Royals to the Reds in return for Cueto did not check out medically. The talks are off for now, but it sure sounds like there's some groundwork for a deal between these two clubs. Cueto, who threw eight shutout innings Saturday night at Coors Field, is also drawing interest from the Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros. He heads into deadline week with a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 25 - 11:12 PM

Johnny Cueto tossed eight shutout innings Saturday in the Reds' 5-2 defeat of the Rockies.

There was growing speculation that Cueto might be hurt after his rough four-inning start last Sunday against the Indians, but he put that talk to rest in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors. Cueto yielded only four hits -- all singles -- and he issued only one walk while striking out five. The 29-year-old impending free agent moves toward Friday's trade deadline with a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings.
Jul 25 - 11:04 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Orioles have expressed interest in Johnny Cueto and Jay Bruce from the Reds.

The Orioles have been calling around looking for any possible upgrades they can make to their squad, so the fact that they would have interest in two premium players that are likely to be dealt is no surprise. It's shaping up to be a very interesting couple of weeks around the league with all of the trade rumblings.
Jul 19 - 9:04 PM

Johnny Cueto struggled again in a no-decision, walking six en route to allowing two runs in four innings as the Reds lost in 11 innings to the Indians on Sunday.

Cueto wasn't sharp in his previous start against the Marlins, either, with scouts on hand for both outings. On Sunday, he struck out only two while allowing four hits along with the six walks. With the trade deadline approaching, Cueto still has a terrific 2.79 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 115/28 K/BB ratio in 122 2/3 innings. He has a tough task ahead of him, as he'll start next against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Jul 19 - 6:28 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees and Dodgers are scouting Johnny Cueto's start against the Indians on Sunday.

They're certainly not the only ones, as the Yanks have been one of a handful of clubs interested in the veteran right-hander. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last week that the Astros, Blue Jays and Royals have been the "most aggressive" in pursuit of Cueto. The Reds will be able to get a bunch for the righty when they trade him later this month.
Jul 19 - 2:29 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are pushing hard to acquire Johnny Cueto.

Adding an arm of Cueto's caliber would certainly propel the Royals to be the favorites in the American League, though they'll have to give up something of substantial value to get him with all of the interest that he has been generating on the trade front. It's looking like a near certainty that the Reds hurler will be donning a new uniform in August.
Jul 18 - 12:28 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros, Blue Jays, and Royals have been "most aggressive" in pursuit of a trade for Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.

All three teams have obvious needs for a rotation upgrade. Cueto is due to become a free agent after the season, but the asking price figures to be high. The 29-year-old owns a 2.73 ERA and 113/22 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings over 17 starts this season. He's owed about $5 million the rest of the way, so he's not going to break the bank.
Jul 14 - 10:18 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros have "keen interest" in Johnny Cueto and that he "may even be their top target."

Heyman was told by an Astros' source that "they know they need a starter," and it appears as though the club will be aiming high. It's not the first time we've seen Cueto's name attached with Houston, although it's possible trade negotiations between the two clubs could get dicey given the sour relationship Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Reds GM Walt Jocketty had from their days together in St. Louis. Cueto is making just $10 million this season and will be a free agent this winter.
Jul 13 - 6:49 PM

Johnny Cueto lasted just five innings against the Marlins Sunday, allowing five runs -- three earned -- in a loss.

Cueto wasn't sharp in yielding seven hits and a walk. He had thrown just 68 pitches and was noticeably upset after being told he was getting pulled, knocking some stuff over in the dugout. It's obviously not an ideal way to conclude the first half, but Cueto will still bring a nifty 2.73 ERA into the break.
Jul 12 - 4:10 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
2Ben Zobrist
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Alex Rios
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Edinson Volquez
3Danny Duffy
4Yordano Ventura
5Jeremy Guthrie
6Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Ryan Madson
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Kris Medlen
8Chris Young
9Tim Collins
10Brian Flynn