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.”
Full story here: http://atmlb.com/1LKqBuw
Like me on Facebook: