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Johnny Cueto | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Johnny Cueto threw a career-high 125 pitches and allowed one run over eight innings in earning his first win Wednesday against the Brewers.
Cueto and Jimmy Nelson ended up with identical lines, but Cueto got the win after the Reds scored in the top of the ninth. Cueto struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.86. Apr 22 - 11:16 PM

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Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters, but gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

Cueto held the Cardinals to just one run over the first six innings, but he got into some trouble in the seventh before intentionally walking Jon Jay to load the bases. Yadier Molina then hit a bases-clearing double. That was the ballgame. This was the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Cueto's career. He'll attempt to get back in the win column next week against the Brewers on the road.
Apr 18 - 12:26 AM

Johnny Cueto pitched well in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work.

He issued just one walk and punched out four on the afternoon. The Cardinals scratched out an unearned run in the second inning and Matt Adams tagged Cueto with a solo shot in the fourth, that was the extent of the damage against him. Through two starts, the talented right-hander owns a 0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he does battle against these same Cardinals in St. Louis.
Apr 11 - 3:53 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is believed to be seeking $200 million, or thereabouts," in a long-term contract.

Cueto has had health issues from time to time, but it's hard to blame him for thinking he could get $200 million considering his 2.48 ERA over the last four seasons while pitching half his games at Great American Ball Park. It's no surprise, given the demands, that the Reds never appeared close to locking Cueto up to a long-term deal. He'll hit the free agent market next winter.
Apr 10 - 5:14 PM

Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters over seven shutout innings but settled for a no-decision in Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Cueto allowed just four hits -- three singles -- while issuing only one walk. The game was delayed by rain for 35 minutes in the sixth inning, but Cueto came back out and retired four of his final six hitters via the strikeout. He left the game in line for a win but watched Kevin Gregg serve up a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth. Cueto gets the Cardinals this weekend.
Apr 6 - 8:32 PM

There will be no last-minute contract extension between the Reds and impending free agent Johnny Cueto.

Which means the ace right-hander will hit the open market in November. Cueto and his agent were probably seeking something in the Max Scherzer realm (seven years, $210 million), which might seem crazy but is plenty justifiable for a pitcher who has registered a 2.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 677-plus innings over the last four seasons despite making half of his starts at power-friendly Great American Ball Park. The 29-year-old Cueto should strike it rich this winter.
Apr 6 - 8:12 AM

Johnny Cueto served up three runs over five innings of work Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out seven. All three runs scored in his final inning. Cueto ends the spring having allowed six earned runs in 14 innings with a 13/5 K/BB ratio. Cueto will now look forward to Monday's Opening Day start opposite Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano.
Apr 1 - 6:26 PM

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Reds and Johnny Cueto have not made progress in extension talks.

Cueto will make $10 million this season and is slated to hit free agency in the coming winter. He was the runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award in 2014 and will probably price himself well out of the Reds' budgetary range with a repeat in 2015. Cueto, 29, owns a 2.48 ERA in 102 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Apr 1 - 12:23 PM

Johnny Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday.

Cueto flew home to the Dominican Republic late last week to handle a private family matter. The absence will not affect his status for Opening Day. He'll get the Pirates at home in his first regular-season start.
Mar 26 - 1:34 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects Johnny Cueto to be back in Reds camp by Thursday.

Cueto was expected to be arriving in Arizona late Wednesday after leaving to address a family issue in the Dominican Republic. Cueto still has time to make two starts in advance of Opening Day, so he's not a risk to miss a regular season start due to the absence.
Mar 25 - 7:06 PM

Johnny Cueto has gone home to his native Dominican Republic to deal with a family issue.

It's not clear how long Cueto will be away, but he'll be able to work out at the Reds' complex there and manager Bryan Price said the righty's status for Opening Day shouldn't be affected. The veteran right-hander has allowed three runs over nine innings this spring.
Mar 20 - 3:33 PM

Johnny Cueto allowed two runs in four innings in Sunday's start against the Cubs.

Cueto battled poor control as he walked three in the outing. He made one mistake, which came with a runner on in the third inning, as Chris Denorfia blasted a two-run homer. It was the only hit Cueto allowed. Cueto, with a 3.00 ERA in nine spring innings, is hoping to reprise his 2014 campaign in which he finished second in NL Cy Young voting.
Mar 15 - 6:25 PM

Johnny Cueto was charged with one run over three innings against the Brewers Tuesday.

He permitted three hits, walked one and struck out three. Cueto has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in four straight seasons and finished runner-up for the National League Cy Young award in 2014. He'll make $10 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter.
Mar 10 - 8:17 PM

Johnny Cueto fired two scoreless innings on Thursday but the Reds lost to the Indians.

Cueto allowed one hit and struck out a pair of batters in the effort. The right-hander finished as a runner-up to Clayton Kershaw in NL Cy Young balloting thanks to his 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings. Though he isn't likely to match those numbers again in 2015, he should still rank among the league's best pitchers once again. As Cueto can become a free agent after the season, the Reds may trade him by the July 31 deadline.
Mar 5 - 6:51 PM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated that the club is still attempting to sign Johnny Cueto to a long-term contract extension.

Cueto is entering his final season before hitting free agency, and has already made it known that he will not negotiate during the season. If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement by then, he could be a candidate to be flipped at the trade deadline.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 15 - 5:11 PM

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