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Johnny Cueto’s Lost Counts

Way back on April 11 of last year, when the Matt Williams-led Nationals were still World Series favorites and Jed Lowrie was still the starting shortstop for the Astros, an unassuming at-bat took place between Matt Carpenter and Johnny Cueto in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cueto, facing his 45th batter of the season, quickly got ahead in the count, 0-2, spotting consecutive fastballs on the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Johnny Cueto’s Calculated Gamble

On Monday, the San Francisco Giants reportedly agreed to terms with free agent starter Johnny Cueto on a six-year contract that will guarantee him $130 million, a pretty nice haul for a pitcher who struggled significantly in the second half of the year. And when you factor in that Cueto also obtained an opt-out after the second year, which could allow him to re-enter the market after...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto signing is a risk worth taking for Giants

If you had to take a guess at which team would be the first in history to give out two $90 million-plus contracts to pitchers in one offseason, the Giants probably wouldn’t be your first choice. Or your second. Or, probably, your twentieth. And yet, here we are. The Giants gave Johnny Cueto a $130 million deal even before the ink was dry on Jeff Samardzija’s $90 million contract...
Via The Comeback
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Giants sign Johnny Cueto to deal worth $130 million

One of the biggest free agents remaining on the market will be moving west, as ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that Johnny Cueto is heading from the 2015 World Series champs to the 2014 champions. Sources: Johnny Cueto has an agreement with the Giants, pending a physical. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 14, 2015 Jon Morosi has the terms of the deal as a six-year contract...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Giants making 'strong push' for Johnny Cueto

Up until Monday morning, it was looking like the San Francisco Giants were going to maintain the status quo for the rest of the off-season and not make too much noise. Then came the tweet that started changing minds. Sources: #SFGiants making strong push for Cueto. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2015 It makes for some stellar Hot Stove, considering...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Johnny Cueto now being pursued by LA Dodgers

After losing Zach Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly looking at replacing him with ace Johnny Cueto, who helped spark Kansas City’s World Series run. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports originally reported on this story, noting “Cueto is the most obvious way to upgrade a rotation that has gone backward this winter, thanks to the disappointing departure...
Via Sportsnaut
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto both better off with no deal

News surfaced on Sunday that the Arizona Diamondbacks offered free agent starter Johnny Cueto a six year contract worth $120 million and that he subsequently declined that offer. My initial reaction was, “Wow that’s nuts.” I meant that for both sides. It seemed like a poor use of funds to allocate so much money to one starter that isn’t an ace and maybe not even a strong...
Via The Outside Corner
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Johnny Cueto turned down $120M deal from D'Backs

Free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto has yet to sign with a team, but apparently the righty recently received a lucrative contract offer that he turned down. According to a report by Steve Gilbert of on Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks offered Cueto a six-year, $120 million contract that was rejected by the 29-year-old. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirmed the report while...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Confused reporter interviews Johnny Cueto's brother

Johnny Cueto is good at two things: pitching well and confusing reporters. The Kansas City Royals starter threw a complete game to lift his team to a 7-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday against the Mets, putting KC up 2-0 in the series. Naturally reporters sought to interview him after the game. One thought he was getting a nice exclusive with the pitcher, but it...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Were Johnny Cueto’s results Johnny Cueto's fault?

So here’s something weird. I’ve noticed on Twitter that when Blue Jays fans refer to Monday night’s ALCS Game Three, they seem to give the credit to the Jays. They say things like, “The Jays were crushing the ball.” But when Royals fans talk about the game, they do it in a Royals-centric context, taking credit away from the Royals, as in, “Cueto sucked.” This isn...
Via Fangraphs
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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