Free agent right-hander Johnny Cueto has reportedly reached a six-year, $130 million contract agreement with the San Fransisco Giants. The deal also includes an opt-out after two years.
Cueto didn’t live up to expectations with the Royals last season, but had a few ace-like moments in the post-season. In the game 2 of World series and game 5 of ALDS, though, he displayed his brilliance. Besides, Cueto has a terrific track record.
Cueto was also pursued by the Dodgers after the latter lost Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks. According to the MLB insider of CBS Sports, the Giants pounced on Cueto before he landed in Arizona. An amount of $46 million out of the $130 million comes before the opt-out in 2017, which makes the deal front-loaded. But Cueto was the best free agent starter available after Greinke and David Price were signed.
Cueto posted 3.44 ERA (117 ERA+) in 212 innings playing for the Reds and Royals this past season. The 29-year-old also lifted the Kansas City Royals to the title.
The Giants were the last side searching for a starting pitcher of Cueto’s brand value, after missing out on Greinke and failing to use the money to rope on outfielder Jason Heyward.