Former Cincinnati Reds right handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, 29, has signed a six year, $130 million dollar contract with the San Francisco Giants according to a report from NBC Sports reporter Aaron Gleeman on Monday.
Cueto became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 Major League Baseball season when his contact with the Kansas City Royals expired. The Royals management were not able to pay Cueto a salary to keep him on their roster before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.
Cueto as a free agent was able to reach a contractual agreement with the San Fransisco Giants on Monday. Cueto will be joining a Giants team that finished in second place in the National League Western Division standings eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2015 Major League Baseball regular season. The Giants did not qualify to make the playoffs in 2015.
Cueto pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2015. Cueto was traded to the Kansas City Royals on July 26, 2015 by the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Royals for Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan and minor league pitchers John Lamb and Cody Reed.
At the time of the trade, the Reds were not in contention to make a playoff run while the Royals were playoff contenders. With the addition of Cueto on their starting pitching staff, the Royals were able to win their second World Series title in 2015 by beating the New York Mets in five games of the Fall Classic.
The Giants have won the World series in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 baseball seasons. The Giants are confident that the addition of Cueto on their starting pitching staff will increase their chances of making another playoff run during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.