Cueto traded to Royals

It’s official. Johnny Cueto has been traded Sunday to the Royals for three young left-handed pitchers. Cincinnati is getting Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

Cueto, 29, is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season and will be a free agent following the season. The Royals will not be able to extend him a qualifying offer. In his eighth big league season — all with the Reds — Cueto has a 92-63 career mark with a 3.21 ERA.

Walt Jocketty holding press conference soon. Will have more on MLB.com/Reds.com.

**UPDATE** Here is a snippet from my story:

“I know it’s a good trade but I’m very sad,” Cueto said with Reds catcher Brayan Pena translating. “I’m very thankful to my teammates, my fans and my coaching staff. It’s a very emotional time for me. But I understand it’s part of the game. I’m just excited about my next step.”

With the Reds entering the day with a 43-52 record and way back in the National League Central and Wild Card races, the team has been looking to move pricey veteran players. Cueto, who will be a free agent after the season, is the first to go as the rebuilding process officially is underway.

“Obviously, this is a tough trade,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “Johnny has been part of the organization for a long time. We have great affection for him as pitcher and person. So it was difficult.

“We’re in a situation where this is the best thing for our franchise now. We got three left-handed pitchers — three quality left-handed pitchers — who we think very highly of. It was tough for Kansas City to give up all three.”

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Are these (3) young left hand pitchers replacing (3) Reds’s relievers or are the Red’s just making sure they have plenty of left handed pitchers? Replacements sound good. That means they only need (4) more pitchers who can throw strikes and avoid home runs. Where are the (3) pitchers now and what is their background and accomplishments in pro baseball?

It is always a gamble
when you get prospects , kind of like playing the lottery LOL , but these three prospects look very good. Looks like one is major-league ready one is close and one is not far away.

NL Rumors: Bruce, Mets, Cueto
By Zach Links [July 26, 2015 at 2:57pm CDT]
The Reds already made one big move today, could another be around the corner? The Mets are heavily scouting outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com (on Twitter). Recently, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com heard that the Reds are giving the impression that they are looking to “save money” wherever possible, and that could be an indication that Bruce is very much available.

Here’s more from the National League..

The Blue Jays‘ talks with the Reds concerning Johnny Cueto never gained traction, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet (on Twitter). Davidi hears that the Reds were asking for a package headline by Marcus Stroman. Cueto, of course, went from the Reds to the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

Brandon Finnegan
Birthdate: 4/14/1993 (22 y, 3 m, 12 d) Bats/Throws: L/L Height/Weight: 5-11/185 Position: P
Drafted: 2014 June Amateur Draft – Round: 1, Pick: 17, Overall: 17, Team: Kansas City Royals
Contract: Add New Contract
Reported: 9/15/2014 Risk: 3 ETA: 2016 Team Rank: NA Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
Fastball Slider Changeup Command Future Value
55 / 60 55 / 60 50 / 55 45 / 50+ 55
RotoWire News: The Reds will use Finnegan as a starter and send him to Triple-A Louisville to stretch him out. (7/26/2015)

Cody Reed
Birthdate: 4/15/1993 (22 y, 3 m, 11 d) Bats/Throws: L/L Height/Weight: 6-5/220 Position: P
Drafted: 2013 June Amateur Draft – Round: 2, Pick: 7, Overall: 46, Team: Kansas City Royals
Contract: Add New Contract
RotoWire News: Reed was traded to the Reds on Sunday as a return in the Johnny Cueto deal. (7/26/2015)
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2015 – AA ball
5 G started
2W-2L, 3.45 ERA, 28.2 IP
5.97K/9
2.51 BB/9

Royals acquire Cueto, send three left-handers to Reds
ESPN.com news services

David Schoenfield discusses the trade between the Reds and Royals that sends starter Johnny Cueto to Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto in a trade with Cincinnati on Sunday, sending three prospects to the Reds for a legitimate ace for the front of their beleaguered rotation.

The Royals also received cash considerations in the deal, which saw Kansas City send left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed to Cincinnati.

Cueto, 29, is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA this season. He is coming off a 5-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night in which he threw eight shutout innings and allowed four hits.

The right-hander made his major league debut with Cincinnati in 2008 and is 92-63 with a 3.21 ERA in eight seasons. He thanked the organization after Sunday’s trade was announced.

Cueto joins a Royals team that entered Sunday leading the American League Central by 6.5 games. But the Kansas City rotation could use a boost with right-hander Yordano Ventura struggling and lefty Jason Vargas out for the season with a torn ulnar ligament in his left elbow.

A 2014 All-Star, Cueto finished second in Cy Young Award voting last year after going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. He has been one of the lone bright spots this season for the Reds, who entered Sunday 43-52.

“Right now, we know that there are a lot of people after our players,” Price said. “We’ve got to be prepared for anything that could happen. There are times we’ve got to concern ourselves with ‘what if?’ There’s a protocol. We’ve got players that may be dealt. We’ve got to make sure all our bases are covered. We can’t go out and have a bullpen day.”

Cueto said a teammate had told him he already had been traded before Saturday’s start.

“They said something to me,” Cueto told reporters after the game. “I don’t want to use a bad word in this location, but it was really bad the way I found out what happened. My head went around the whole way. My thoughts were all over the place.”

Fox Sports reported earlier Sunday that Kansas City had been on the verge of acquiring Cueto but the deal fell through because a Royals player who was to be included in the swap had a medical issue. Sources told ESPN the teams still were working to make the trade happen despite Saturday’s hiccup, leading to its finalization later Sunday.

The addition of Johnny Cueto will help the Royals rotation. Their starters are dead last in the AL in innings per start, so Cueto’s average start of 6.9 innings will help get to KC’s exceptional trio of relievers.

Finnegan and Lamb were assigned to Triple-A Louisville, and Reed went to Double-A Pensacola.

Finnegan was selected by the Royals in the first round of last year’s draft. He made seven playoff appearances in 2014, but has split time between Triple-A Omaha and Kansas City this year.

The 25-year-old Lamb, a fifth-round pick in 2008, is 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Omaha.

The deal for Cueto is indicative of the new reality for Kansas City, which used to trade away its top players for prospects at the deadline. Not so much right now, and the Royals are trying to take full advantage of their window for contention.

Several top young players, such as first baseman Eric Hosmer and All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas, are eligible for arbitration and becoming more expensive by the year.

While Royals owner David Glass has been willing to increase their payroll to franchise-record levels, Kansas City may have only a couple of years to make another run at a title before finances force them into a rebuilding mode.

The deal also reunites Edinson Volquez and Cueto after the pitchers spent four years together in Cincinnati. The close friends are from the Dominican Republic, and Volquez, who signed a $20 million, two-year deal with the Royals this past offseason, served as a mentor to Cueto when he broke into the big leagues in 2008.

They have even spoken of their desire to play together once again.

Sad day for Reds fans and an extra boost for the Royals who are on their way to a Division win and maybe a World Series Win.

It will be very, very, very hard not to root for the AL in the World Series if KC gets in.
Traitor?…maybe for 1 year!?*

Totally agree. I’m a big Royals fan. Sucks seeing JC go. Bad!!!!

Cueto should get better support…
Reds – 377 R divided by 95 G = 3.97 R per G
KC – 415 R divided by 96 G = 4.32 R per G
…and the above numbers are skewed as they don’t talk to specific SP.
As for Cueto, he averaged just a hair above 2 R per G; he could literally
W out the rest of his 14-15 G for KC…then of course the main reason
they traded for him…the playoffs.
Good luck Johnny, you deserve the best…as you gave us the best!

What teams have NEVER won the World Series and when were they established?
1) Texas Rangers – 1961
2) Houston Astros – 1962 (were the Colt 45’s)
3) Milwaukee Brewers – 1969
4) San Diego Padres – 1969
5) Washington Nationals – 1969 (were the Expos)
6) Seattle Mariners – 1977
7) Colorado Rockies – 1993
8) Tampa Bay Rays – 1998

Giving credit where credit is due…Jocketty did a fine job on the Cueto trade. All three
of these prospects are at different stages of their careers in MLB and all three look very promising. I congratulate Jocketty for this trade.

Agree. Criticism I’ve read is Royals gave up too much not that Reds didn’t get enough. Good job Walt, but don’t stop now.

We’ll see . Only time will tell . We’ll see just how good the Reds’ scouting department is .

The trade gave me a bit of sadness and anger at the same time. If Walt had offered the same contract to Cueto and not Bailey, maybe our Ace is never traded. If Walt trades for Marlon Byrd before the deadline of 2013, maybe the Reds win a playoff series of even more and Dusty is still here. Instead we fans will watch the #1 draft pick Championship as our consolation prize. And have to wait another 5-8 years before ever sniffing a playoff chance again. Not to mention Walt’s “we’re all in” statements are not like the Royals. They go further in the playoffs and go out and get a missing piece to try and get a World Series Championship. The Reds don’t ever do that(ex. Ludwick with a bum shoulder with 2 homeruns is better than 2013 Marlon Byrd with 20+ homeruns). So how will the Reds even get a good new TV deal when they won’t be watchable the next 2-3 years???.. I just get ticked when they write how Bob is a fan of the team but doesn’t get the missing pieces to get to the next level. Now we have to endure more rebuild. I’m still a fan waiting on that promise of bringing World Championships back to Cincinnati. While the Cardinals just do what they always do WIN. Ugh…and the Cubs and Pirates aren’t going backwards. Hard to Win when your not proactive or have the right organizational WINNING plan.

He may be sporadic, but when this guy is on…look out!
Jay Bruce 3 for 5, 2R and 4 RBI.
On pace for 27 HR, 89 RBI.
He has hit an OBP of .300+ in 7 of 8 years; save last year (.281)
and is sporting a 1.7 WAR so far this season.
I sense that there is no way we will trade this guy and get back a
R producer like Bruce. There is no question that the guy has a great
deal of talent. Hard to trade away, imo. And, he’s manageable relative
to salary. As there are bigger fish to fry (ie; Leake, Chapman, Parra,
Byrd) I wouldn’t put too much effort in letting this ‘inconsistent at times’
guy walk. He can literally carry a team on his back. We don’t have
many producers on this team; losing this guywould only add to our
misery. Lastly, we seem to always lay the game at this guys feet;
we do have 8 other players in every game that we might want to
kick in the proverbial butt from time to time. After all, he’s only 2nd
to Frazier in RBI (53), and when ON, he puts em up in bunches. In
summary, be careful what you wish for.

Agreed. that is why Bruce, Frazier, and Chapman should if they deal bring in solid returns much bigger than what Cueto and Leake have and will produce. Bruce and Frazier are what the Mets and Astros are praying they could have in just one prospect. And yet these orgs dont want to trade a few to get these guys for low money and multiple years. That is crazy… So lets just enjoy them.

Again . Too little too late . Trade him !

Ok I gotta say it…
The following is not unique…it’s the standard when talking about Cueto, and it’s
a bit chumpy…I have read many, many articles over the last several days about
Cueto and potential trades. What urks me is that there seems to be a common thread throughout eat article…’Cueto, when healthy’ may be a #1 or #2 SP’…or something close to this. Maybe I am sensitized to any discussion about Cueto, I may be, but I
find the description and prognostication of Cueto very offing. This guy is a #1 and any team should realize that going in; for KC he IS their ace. The recent SP on block for trade was not headed by others…Cueto was and is #1. Anyone in their sober mind could and should realize that this guy is stellar, gold, the silver lining in anyone’s pocket…he is durable to a point (save 125+ pitches per game). Yes, he wears out; no question about that, but if taken care of and left on a ‘predictable’ schedule, he should crush the AL. Again, I am very sensitive to wrongdoing in MLB and I believe that Cueto got bad press this trade time; doesn’t matter…he’ll prove my feelings true over the next 13-14 starts and into the playoffs. Is this what people refer to as a ‘man crush’? lol…all kidding aside, I also wish we could have kept the guy; his work ethic and demeanor has been spectacular; his daily regime has been trainable; his pitching has been unbelievable (2 R per game…come on…). And so it goes…

From MLB Trade Rumors…
More Fallout From The Johnny Cueto Trade
By Charlie Wilmoth [July 26, 2015 at 8:12pm CDT]
We already collected one set of reactions to the trade of Johnny Cueto to the Royals. Here are a few more odds and ends from the deal.

In Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed and John Lamb, the Reds are receiving three potential big-league starters, MLB.com’s Jim Callis writes. The Reds sacrificed a draft pick as a result of trading Cueto, but the three lefties they received have more than enough talent to make up for it. The Royals, meanwhile, traded from solid minor league pitching depth.
The Yankees scouted Cueto for five weeks, George A. King III of the New York Post writes. The Yankees and Reds also had brief discussions involving Cueto and Yankees starter Ivan Nova, but the talks did not develop. It is, of course, highly unlikely that Nova could have been centerpiece of any Cueto trade. The Yankees have thus far been unwilling to trade top prospects like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino or Greg Bird.
The Dodgers did have talks with the Reds about Cueto, GM Farhan Zaidi tells CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman (Twitter links). Zaidi thinks the Dodgers will be able to consummate some other trade before Friday’s deadline, presumably one involving starting pitching. Within the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Heyman writes, some players were disappointed that the team didn’t get Cueto, and would like the team to pursue David Price now that Cueto is off the market.

More from the same…
Reds players knew to expect the team to trade Johnny Cueto, but the team’s trade of Cueto to the Royals for three left-handed pitchers still stung, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon writes. “Shocking is not the word, but it’s kind of a blah feeling,” says Jay Bruce. “Because everybody anticipated it happening, but for it to actually happen and someone I’ve personally known for 11 years now, just poof, gone.” Bruce, of course, is himself a candidate to be traded this week, along with Mike Leake and perhaps others. It can be easy to forget that the trades we outsiders discuss so matter-of-factly do affect the players on a personal level.

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Excerpt from article on MLB.com
By Jim Callis
All three of the lefties acquired by Cincinnati have a chance to be big league starters. The highest profile belongs to Finnegan, who made history in 2014 as the first player to appear in the College World Series and World Series in the same calendar year. The 17th overall pick the 2014 Draft, he signed for $2,220,600.

Finnegan, 22, has shuttled this year between relieving in Kansas City (3-0, 2.96 ERA, 21/13 K/BB in 24 1/3 innings) and primarily starting in the Minors between Double-A and Triple-A (0-3, 5.00 ERA, 32/19 K/BB in 27 innings). Though he lacks size at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, he has a big fastball that can reach 98 mph. His low-80s slider gives him a solid second offering, and he also has an effective changeup.

Reed, 22, has blossomed in 2015 after struggling in his first two pro seasons. Signed for $1,198,500 in the second round of the 2013 Draft, he throws a 90-96-mph fastball with sink and cut and backs it up with a slider and changeup that could become above-average secondary pitches. In 18 appearances (15 starts) between high Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas this year, he has gone 7-7, 2.53 with an 84/26 K/BB ratio in 96 innings.

Lamb, 25, developed into one of baseball’s top lefty prospects before blowing out his elbow in 2011. He hasn’t fully reclaimed his stuff since Tommy John surgery, but he has reinvented himself and has performed well in Triple-A. He has gone 9-1, 2.67 in 17 starts at Omaha with a 96/29 K/BB in 94 1/3 innings.
A fifth-round pick in 2008, Lamb now pitches with an 89-93-mph fastball that tops out at 96 and a low-80s cutter that helps him against right-handers. His changeup used to be a plus-pitch, but it’s now merely average, and he also has a soft curveball.

We need to call this blog the Neb Report !

Just to finish up on the Cueto trade; the Reds also sent $1 M to KC.

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