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Johnny Cueto | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Giants signed RHP Johnny Cueto to a six-year, $130 million contract.
The deal runs through 2021 and will carry a $22 million club option for 2022. It also contains an opt-out clause after the second year. While Cueto pitched to an underwhelming 4.76 ERA in 13 starts for the Royals last season, he held a 2.62 mark in 19 starts with the Reds prior to being moved at the trade deadline. Indeed, the last time he posted an ERA higher than 3.50 in the NL was back in 2010, his third season in the bigs. Should he stay with the Giants for all six years of the contract, it'll run through his age-35 season. Wed, Dec 16, 2015 10:30:00 PM

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Johnny Cueto has agreed to a contract with the Giants, pending a physical.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the deal is for six years and $130 million and contains an opt-out clause after the 2017 season. The Giants also have a club option for a seventh year. Cueto was inconsistent down the stretch with the Royals, but he boasts a 2.71 ERA over 134 starts across the last five seasons. The Giants have added two big arms to their rotation this winter in Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:25:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Giants are "making progress" on an agreement with Johnny Cueto.

Olney adds that the two sides "could reach a deal soon." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Monday that the Giants' offer to Cueto "would easily beat" the six-year, $126 million proposal that Cueto turned down from the Diamondbacks. Assuming the contract is finalized, the Giants will have vastly improved their rotation with the additions of Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 04:02:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Giants' offer to Johnny Cueto is greater than $120 million.

In fact, Heyman says the offer from San Francisco "would easily best" the six-year, $126 million proposal that Cueto turned down from Arizona late last month. Cueto, 29, posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over his final 81 1/3 regular-season innings in 2015 with the Royals and he continued the rollercoaster ride in the playoffs. But he was among the best starters in baseball with the Reds from 2011 to mid-2015. There's also thought to be some interest from the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Nationals.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:46:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are making a "strong push" for Johnny Cueto.

Cueto has also been connected to the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Nationals, and Cardinals. He had an underwhelming showing with Kansas City down the stretch in 2015, but the 29-year-old right-hander still figures to hit it big on a market that has already yielded multiple nine-figure contracts. Cueto, who boasts a 2.87 ERA in 165 starts since 2009, reportedly turned down a six-year, $126 million offer from Arizona back in November.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 01:45:00 PM

Bryce Dixon, the agent for free agent right-hander Johnny Cueto, told Peter Gammons that his client "really wanted" to go to the Red Sox.

After the Red Sox inked David Price to a massive free agent deal though, that took Cueto out of play for them in all likelihood. Cueto is a native of the Dominican Republic and grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez, who works as a special assistant for the team. The Dodgers, Giants, Cardinals and Nationals have all expressed interest in the 29-year-old hurler this offseason.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 09:43:00 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Dodgers have "joined the fray" on free agent Johnny Cueto.

Heyman said the Dodgers jumped in on Cueto after failing to land their first two big targets of the offseason, Zack Greinke and Aroldis Chapman. Cueto would certainly be a nice consolation prize despite a so-so 2015 season. The right-hander owns a career 3.30 ERA and wouldn't cost the Dodgers a draft pick for signing him. The Giants, Cardinals and Nationals are among the other teams connected to Cueto to some degree this winter.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:54:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Dodgers have "touched base" with free agent starters Johnny Cueto, Hisashi Iwakuma, Mike Leake and Kenta Maeda.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Zack Greinke shocked the baseball world by spurning the Dodgers for the division rival Diamondbacks on Friday night. With David Price and Jordan Zimmermann also off the market, the Dodgers are putting on a full-court press to add one of the top remaining free agent starting pitchers. Cueto is probably the best arm available, but he won't come cheap. He turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the D'Backs before they changed course and landed Greinke. Iwakuma might make the most fiscal sense for Los Angeles. He's 34 and won't require more than a two or three-year contract.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 06:54:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to the Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto has received interest from the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox and Cubs, among others.

It was reported earlier Monday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the D'Backs. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the right-hander is looking for a contract in the $140-160 million range, and while it remains to be seen whether he'll get there, Heyman says "the market still favors Cueto." Since Cueto was traded during the 2015 season, the team that signs him this winter will not have to forfeit a draft pick.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 05:01:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing from clubs in the Johnny Cueto market that the free agent right-hander wants a contract in the $140-160 million range.

Steve Gilbert of reported on Sunday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks -- after Arizona upped its initial $110 million offer. These are lofty expectations for a guy who posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over his final 81 1/3 regular-season innings in 2015. But he was one of the best starters in baseball for a good four-year stretch with the Reds before sliding off the rails a bit in Kansas City. It only takes one inspired owner.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 12:18:00 PM's Steve Gilbert reports that Johnny Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks.

That revealing bit of news has been confirmed by a number of national reporters as well. Cueto had a rough finish to the 2015 regular season, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 81 1/3 innings after moving to Kansas City, but he somewhat redeemed himself in the playoffs and is now apparently seeking a contract in the $140-150 million range. Arizona is especially interested in the 29-year-old right-hander because his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation. The Diamondbacks have the 13th overall pick in 2016.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 10:24:00 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Johnny Cueto rejected an offer that the club made to him earlier this month.

The club remains interested in the free agent right-hander, who is likely waiting to see how the market plays out for the top pitchers (David Price and Zack Greinke) before he signs. By all accounts, the Tigers inking Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract on Sunday could actually hurt the market for Cueto, who is also seeking more than $20 million annually.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 07:57:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks met last week with Johnny Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon.

However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto's asking price is expected to extend beyond Arizona's comfort level. The report adds that the D'Backs are aiming to spend $15-18 million per season on a free agent starter, whereas, Cueto's price tag is likely to exceed $20 million. Arizona has also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Kenta Maeda, Mike Leake, John Lackey and Yovani Gallardo among free agents and Shelby Miller among trade targets as they look for a starter.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:33:00 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have had internal discussions about Johnny Cueto.

It's obvious the Diamondbacks are looking to upgrade their starting pitching. They've already shown interest in big names like John Lackey, Shelby Miller and Yovani Gallardo. Cueto would top them all, but he'd also represent a major shift in strategy for the Diamondbacks, who are known for their conservative spending. It's going to take a nine-figure deal to land Cueto this offseason.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Johnny Cueto was superb in Wednesday's 7-1 win over the Mets in Game 2 of the World Series, allowing one run in the complete game victory.

Cueto struck out four and walked three in helping the Royals to take a 2-0 series lead. The ace right-hander allowed his lone run of the game via a Lucas Duda RBI single in the fourth inning. Indeed, Cueto allowed just two hits during his seven innings of work, both singles by Duda. He retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced. It's been an up-and-down postseason, but starts like these have to be what Royals fans dreamed of when the team traded for him at the deadline. Yordano Ventura and Chris Young are slated to start Games 3 and 4.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 11:08:00 PM

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