Cincinnati Reds send Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals
The Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to send Johnny Cueto to Kansas City, according to ESPN.
The two teams were close to a deal on Saturday night, but, according to an ESPN source, one of the alleged players involved in the deal had some sort of medical issue, which prohibited him from being involved in the deal.
The Royals sent left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to Cincinnati, along with some cash considerations.
The Kansas City Royals are in need of solid starting pitching, as they rank 22nd in starter’s ERA. The Royals are also second worst in the league in innings by starting pitchers.
The Royals best starter this year has been Edison Volquez, who has gone 9-5 with a 3.15 ERA. Volquez was a free agent acquisition this year for the Royals from the Pirates. Danny Duffy has the next best ERA at 4.03, and the other couple guys have an ERA in the five’s.
Cueto is only 7-6, but he has a 2.62 ERA, which made him a hot commodity as we neared the trade deadline. Cueto has pitched great this year, but he just couldn’t get any run support at all from his struggling teammates.
The Royals are currently the favorites to win the American League pennant, so adding an ace to their rotation just makes them that much more favored.
Cueto is a free agent after this season, so it will be interesting to see where Cueto will wind up this winter.