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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 29 - 7:57 PM

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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.
Nov 29 - 11:33 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.
Nov 21 - 4:55 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.
Oct 28 - 11:08 PM

Johnny Cueto will start for the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Mets.

Edinson Volquez is taking Game 1 on Tuesday night in Kansas City. Cueto got destroyed by the Blue Jays in the ALCS, but he was tremendous in Game 5 of the Division Series against the Astros and he gets to pitch at home Wednesday night in the Fall Classic. Yordano Ventura will start Game 3 and Chris Young will start Game 4 versus New York.
Oct 26 - 2:20 PM

Ned Yost plans to reveal the Royals starting rotation for the World Series on Monday.

When asked why he's waiting so long to divulge the information, Yost joked with reports that he's, "just being a little bit of a punk." It's likely that Johnny Cueto will take the ball opposite Matt Harvey in Tuesday's Game 1 with Yordano Ventura and Edinson Volquez slotting in behind him.
Oct 25 - 8:13 PM

Johnny Cueto was lit up for eight runs on six hits and four walks over just two innings of work in Monday's ALCS Game 3 loss to the Blue Jays.

Cueto ended the ALDS with a brilliant performance against the Astros that saw him retire the last 19 batters he faced, but he took another huge step backward in this one. He simply had nothing working, and that's a recipe for disaster in Toronto against the Blue Jays' lineup. In 16 regular season and postseason start with the Royals, Cueto has put up a 5.27 ERA. He's in line to start Game 7 should there be one, which probably gives Kansas City an uneasy feeling.
Oct 19 - 11:36 PM

Johnny Cueto will start Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto.

That's the earliest the Royals can possibly throw him after Wednesday night's brilliant eight-inning performance against the Astros in Game 5 of the ALDS. Edinson Volquez is pitching in Game 1 of the Championship Series and Yordano Ventura will handle Game 2. Those first two games are in Kansas City and then the best-of-seven series heads north for three.
Oct 15 - 2:51 PM

Johnny Cueto held the Astros to two runs over eight innings Wednesday as the Royals beat the Astros 7-2 to win Game 5 of the ALDS and advance to the ALCS against the Blue Jays.

It was hard to know what to expect from him after his shaky performance in Game 2, but this is the Johnny Cueto the Royals thought they were getting at the trade deadline. While he gave up a two-run homer to Luis Valbuena in the second inning, Cueto was in control for most of the night, giving up just a pair of hits and no walks while striking out eight batters. He retired the final 19 batters he faced and threw just 91 pitches in all. The Royals will host the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night.
Oct 14 - 10:51 PM

Johnny Cueto was hit hard in a no-decision against the Astros in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS, allowing four runs on seven hits over his six frames.

Cueto punched out five while walking three on the afternoon. The Astros jumped on him from the get-go, doing all of their damage in the first three frames. To Cueto's credit, he was able to settle down nicely and keep the Astros off the board the next three innings, giving the Royals a chance to come back. With Yordano Ventura expected to take the hill in Game 4 of the series, Cueto would line up to work in a pivotal Game 5 if it proves to be necessary.
Oct 9 - 7:35 PM

Johnny Cueto was a bit erratic in Sunday's final start of the regular season against the Twins, walking four while allowing one run over five innings.

Cuteo was making his final tuneup start of the regular season. He struck out four and walked four while scattering six hits. The only run to score on his watch came via an RBI single by Danny Santana in the fourth inning. After being traded to the Royals at the deadline, Cueto's pitched to a disappointing 4.76 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 56/17 K/BB ratio over 81 1/3 innings (a lucky 13 starts).
Oct 4 - 6:53 PM

Johnny Cueto registered a quality start Tuesday, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss to the White Sox.

It was another decent result for Cueto -- the outing was his third straight quality start -- but the way he got there was less inspiring. Cueto gave up eight hits, including a two-run homer, while walking two in the start. He struck out just two, another disappointing development of late. Cueto has a 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 31 starts between the Reds and Royals. Assuming the Royals stay on schedule, Cueto's last start will come Sunday at the Twins.
Sep 29 - 11:04 PM

Johnny Cueto is listed to start Sunday against the Twins.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that this lines Cueto up to start Game 2 of the ALDS. Yordano Ventura is expected to be the Game 1 starter.
Sep 29 - 3:03 PM

Johnny Cueto picked up his third win as a Royal after allowing three runs in seven innings Thursday.

Cueto was checked out by the trainer at one point in the outing, seemingly not because of an arm problem, but he indicated that he was fine to continue. The quality start was his second in a row after a stretch of five straight ugly outings. His ERA as a Royal is back down to 4.99.
Sep 25 - 12:00 AM

Johnny Cueto pitched well in a no-decision against the Tigers on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits over seven-plus innings.

The right-hander punched out four while walking only one on the night. It was a nice bounce-back effort from Cueto who had been knocked around pretty good in his last five outings. He'll carry a 3.43 ERA and 1.09 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Mariners.
Sep 18 - 11:50 PM

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