SAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto has cashed in on free agency after helping the Kansas City Royals win the World Series, and he’s headed to a team that previously beat the Royals in the Fall Classic.
The San Francisco Giants say they’ve agreed to a deal with the right-handed starter provided he passes a physical.
#SFGiants have agreed to a 6-year deal with Johnny Cueto pending a physical.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) December 14, 2015
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports the deal is worth $130 million, and Cueto can opt out of the contract to become a free agent after the 2017 season.
Cueto cost the Royals a hefty price at the trade deadline; they sent top pitching prospects Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to the Cincinnati Reds for Cueto and cash. A bit of a polarizing figure, he pitched brilliantly at times, but was also inconsistent in the second-half and got shelled on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series.
Despite posting an earned run average close to 5 during his time with the Royals, he came up with quality performances in two big spots during the postseason. In a winner-take-all American League Division Series Game 5, Cueto allowed a second-inning home run to Luis Valbuena, but then retired the next 19 batters he faced while striking out eight, helping the Royals beat the Houston Astros 7-2.
Then in the second game of the World Series, Cueto held the New York Mets to two singles and a solitary run en route to a 7-1 win for Kansas City.
By signing this contract, Cueto returns to the National League where he’s finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young Award twice, and enjoyed a career ERA of 3.21.