Johnny Cueto signs deal with the San Francisco Giants.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
SAN FRANCISCO — Just days after turning down a lucrative multi-year deal from the Arizona Diamondbacks, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Johnny “Cap’n Save-A-Staff” Cueto reached an agreement on a six-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for $130 million. The deal also includes an opt-out after the second year. Unlike his rocky experience with the World Champion Royals, Cueto won’t be asked to rescue the Giants. San Fran already has a savior who goes by the name Madison Bumgarner.
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“Johnny has always been, and rightly so, very high on our list … high on our short list,” Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. “He’s somebody we’ve admired for a long time.” Cueto, 29, has a career record of 96-70 with a 3.30 ERA over parts of eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Royals.
The dreadlocked Dominican has one All-Star appearance.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore acquired Cueto from the Reds in a July non-waiver deadline trade to anchor a weak pitching rotation. After posting disappointing numbers for the Royals in the regular season (4-7 record with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts), Cueto bounced back to pitch a couple of gems in the playoffs to help KC win its first World Series title since 1985.
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