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Johnny Cueto Signs With Giants

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The San Francisco Giants agreed to a six year deal worth $130 million on Monday afternoon with Johnny Cueto, adding yet another big arm to their rotation.

The right-hander backed out on an offer by the Arizona Diamondbacks last week that was reportedly worth $120 million and this week agreed upon this six year deal that allows Cueto to opt out after the 2017 season if he chooses, the deal will become finalized when Cueto passes a physical.

Cueto was traded in 2015 from the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals just around the trade deadline. He had a combined 11-13 record on the season with a 3.44 ERA along with a 1.13 WHIP. The 29 year old went 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA this past post-season as he and the Royals went on a World Series run that ended with him getting his first World Series Championship.

This deal comes just a week after the Giants signed free-agent RHP Jeff Samardzija to a five year deal that is worth $90 million. San Francisco looks as is if they now have a possible six man rotation going into Spring Training 2016.  With left-hander  Madison Bumgarner the obvious Ace of the San Francisco squad, Johnny Cueto looks to fit in as the number two man, followed by  Samardzija and then veteran Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.  But, how could anyone forget about the young Chris Heston who pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets on June 9,2015.

This offseason has resembled a pitching duel between two clubs in the National League West as the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks both seem to be trying to “one up” the other. While the Giants added Cueto and Samardzija to their roster, the D-Backs have countered with the acquisition of pitchers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller.

In just a few short months, we’ll see who these deals paid off for!


Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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