Johnny Cueto RUMORS & NEWS

  • Cueto blanks Padres, becomes 12th Dominican to 100 wins

    The Score "Johnny Cueto reached an impressive milestone Tuesday night at AT&T Park, and the San Francisco Giants' newly signed right-hander did it in fashion. In his fifth start with his new club, Cueto stymied the San Diego Padres over nine masterful innings, allowing just seven hits and one walk while..." April 27

  • Cueto passes concussion tests: 'Everything is fine'

    CSN Bay Area "Johnny Cueto had never been hit in the head until Monday's game in Mesa. He walked away from that experience in surprisingly good shape. Cueto has repeatedly passed concussion tests and on Wednesday morning he took his cap off to show reporters that a nasty bump on his forehead had completely..." March 16

  • Johnny Cueto taken to hospital after taking liner off head

    CBS Sports "Monday night in Arizona, Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto took a line drive to the head on the very first pitch of the game. Athletics outfielder Billy Burns was the batter. Cueto remained on the ground on his knees for a few moments before standing up and talking to the trainer. He appeared to..." March 15

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Johnny Cueto is “doing fine” today, will follow up with #SFGiants staff after being hit on forehead with line drive, per agent Bryce Dixon.

  • Cueto has forehead contusion

    CSN Bay Area "With their ace already sidelined by a pair of minor injuries, the Giants very nearly lost their No. 2 starter, too. Johnny Cueto took a line drive off the forehead in the first inning Monday, but manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto is showing no signs of a concussion. Cueto was checked by team..." March 15

  • Johnny Cueto reportedly agrees to deal with the Giants

    MLB Daily Dish "Despite adding Jeff Samardzija on a five-year deal worth $90 million, the Giants are apparently still in the market for a top of the rotation starter; and Cueto would undoubtedly fit that description. In 2015, he threw 212 innings, posted a K/9 of 7.47, a BB/9 of 1.95, and a HR/9 of 0.89. He..." December 14

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Sources: Johnny Cueto has an agreement with the Giants, pending a physical.

  • Report: Giants “making a strong push” for Johnny Cueto

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Giants are “making a strong push” for free agent right-hander Johnny Cueto, who would be San Francisco’s second big-money rotation addition after signing Jeff Samardzija for $90 million. Cueto will cost significantly more than Samardzija and..." December 14

  • Agent: Cueto wants to sign with Red Sox

    The Score "The opportunity to work with one of the best pitchers in major-league history had free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto hoping the Boston Red Sox would come calling. "Johnny really wanted to go to the Red Sox," Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, told Peter Gammons. "His idol is Pedro Martinez. He..." December 12

  • Agent: Johnny Cueto may sign after winter meetings

    ESPN "With Zack Greinke, David Price, Jordan Zimmermann and Jeff Samardzija all off the free-agent market, Johnny Cueto has emerged as the most desired target of teams in need of a No. 1 starter. However, Cueto's agent said his client is in no hurry to sign a contract and he would not be surprised if..." December 06

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers “intrigued” by Cueto. Interested in Iwakuma. Reached out today to agents for Cueto, Kazmir, Samardzija.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Clubs in the Johnny Cueto market believe he's looking for a $140-160M payout. That's Cole Hamels-Jon Lester territory.

  • Cueto rejected offer from Diamondbacks, GM says

    The Score "Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Sunday that right-hander Johnny Cueto rejected a contract offer from the club earlier this month, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral reports. According to Steve Gilbert of, the offer was worth $120 million over six years, but Stewart didn't..." November 30

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #DBacks met last week with Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon. Expectation, however, is that Cueto’s price will exceed AZ’s comfort level.

  • Royals “already know they will not be trying to retain Johnny Cueto”

    New York Post "The Royals already know they will not be trying to retain Johnny Cueto. They expect his free-agent price tag to go beyond their comfort level and, also, they have seen enough of his inconsistency to be worried about trying to keep him long term anyway. Nevertheless, Kansas City is not going to..." November 01

  • Cueto 'dedicated' Game 2 to Volquez's dad, family

    The Score "Johnny Cueto was thinking about his friend Edinson Volquez on Wednesday when he pitched what was quite possibly his best game as a member of the Kansas City Royals. "It was a very sad day for me yesterday. And there was a lot of focus on my part," he told reporters. "I dedicated that game to..." October 29

  • Royals' World Series rotation: Volquez, Cueto, Ventura, Young

    Hardball Talk "When asked Saturday why he was holding off on announcing the World Series rotation Royals manager Ned Yost said: “Because I’m being a little bit of a punk.” Today he finally revealed his plans, which include Edinson Volquez in Game 1, followed by Johnny Cueto in Game 2, Yordano Ventura in Game..." October 27

  • Cueto outshines Astros as Royals win 7-2, advance to ALCS

    Kansas City Star "Johnny Cueto shook both his fists as he strutted off the diamond, as if absorbing the electricity pulsing through Kauffman Stadium, a ballpark galvanized by the finest outing of Cueto’s brief Royals career. His dreadlocks shook as he completed the seventh inning. He saved his best for the biggest..." October 15

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Yordano Ventura will start Game 1. Johnny Cueto will start Game 2. Gentleman Ed Volquez will start Game 3.

  • “No-show Cueto” angers some Kansas City Royals fans after bailing on an event

    Hardball Talk "Johnny Cueto hasn’t been making Royals fans happy with his pitching. And now he’s not making them happy with his off-the-field performance either. Plowboys BBQ in Blue Springs, Missouri and 610 Radio in Kansas City had been heavily promoting a Johnny Cueto meet and greet that included a Cueto..." September 09

  • Johnny Cueto no-shows at fan event, apologizes through agent

    CBS Sports "The Royals pushed all their chips into the middle of the table at the trade deadline, acquiring Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist to bolster their roster for the stretch run. Zobrist has been fantastic with Kansas City, putting up a 138 OPS+ in 36 games. Cueto? He hasn't been too great for the..." September 09

  • Royals' Johnny Cueto could have been a Red Sox

    Boston Herald "Johnny Cueto can’t lie: Back when the season began, he believed there was a decent chance it would end with him pitching for the Red Sox. “Yeah, that’s what I think,” Cueto said before his Kansas City Royals opened a four-game series last night at Fenway Park. “I think, ‘I’ll wait for..." August 21

  • Johnny Cueto cruises in first start at The K in 4-0 Royals victory

    Kansas City Star "The cacophony of noise – a medley of shouts, applause and the rhythmic repetition of his name – reached the ears of Johnny Cueto as he walked off the mound in the eighth inning of Monday’s 4-0 victory over Detroit. The ovation inspired him, he said later. It was his first start as a Royal at..." August 11

  • Brad Ausmus complains that Johnny Cueto’s windup is illegal

    ESPN "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus questioned Monday night whether Johnny Cueto's sometimes-funky delivery is legal. Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto's delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup. "Really, the..." August 11

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Johnny Cueto will make his first start as a Royal on Friday in Toronto.

  • Report: Royals get Cueto from Reds "Johnny Cueto is heading to Kansas City, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. One day after the Reds ace was almost dealt to the Royals before his dominating start against the Rockies, the two teams agreed to a deal Sunday morning, according to Rosenthal. Neither club confirmed the..." July 27

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Royals getting Cueto.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays still talking to #Brewers about Fiers. TOR numerous balls in air: Samardzija, Cueto, Price if he becomes available, etc.

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    #Royals & #Reds continue to work on deal that would send Johnny Cueto to KC despite hiccup as first reported by @Ken_Rosenthal & @jonmorosi

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources indicate that the problem was that one of the players going from the #Royals to the #Reds for Cueto did not check out medically.

  • Cueto told he was traded 10 minutes before pitching gem

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Johnny Cueto put on an extraordinary pitching clinic Saturday night. When you consider the circumstances, it was even more extraordinary. Cueto went eight shutout innings and allowed four hits — all singles — in the Reds’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He walked one..." July 26

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Reds have no imminent trade for Johnny Cueto. He will start on Saturday, as scheduled. @FOXSports

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Royals&Blue Jays are all “in” on Cueto willing to move top prospect for rental, realizing value much higher than Kazmir..both need Game 1 P

  • Five logical landing spots for Johnny Cueto, but is he healthy

    CBS Sports "Reds star right-hander Johnny Cueto is the best starting pitcher on the trade market, though it's possible he could be joined at the top if the Tigers -- who over the next nine days will be weighing whether to sell or buy -- make David Price available. Barring that outside possibility regarding..." July 22

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Yankees scouting Johnny Cueto today in Cincinnati. @FOXSports

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    Andy McCullough @McCulloughStar

    Rival executives say the Royals are pushing hard for Cueto, but I wonder at some point if the OF needs will trump desire for another SP.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Reds are prepared to trade prospective free agents Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake now that All-Star Game is over, sources say. @FOXSports

  • Dodgers aim for Cueto, Hamels; Rangers in on Cole, too

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers, baseball's financial powerhouse, look like a major player this trading season, maybe the major player among the buyers. They've quietly continued having dialogue with the Phillies about ace left-hander Cole Hamels, and are also looking seriously into the rental market, with Reds ace..." July 17

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Three three teams who have been most aggressive in pursuit of #Reds Cueto: #Astros, #BlueJays, #Royals.

  • Astros, needing a top starter, expected to target Reds' Johnny Cueto

    CBS Sports "The Astros have keen trade interest in Reds starter Johnny Cueto, and it appears he may even be their top target, if as expected Cueto hits trade market soon, people familiar with their thinking say. Astros ace lefty Dallas Keuchel on Monday was named the American League All-Star starter, and..." July 14

  • Yankees scouting Reds ace Johnny Cueto

    New York Post "The Yankees have been scouting Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto and were joined Tuesday night by talent evaluators from AL East rivals the Blue Jays and Orioles in Washington, where the Reds played the Nationals." July 09

  • Rethinking Johnny Cueto's trade value

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Over the past couple of weeks, I've written and tweeted many times that I didn't think Johnny Cueto would get a top-line elite prospect in a trade. The reason being Cueto is a free agent at the end of this year. The team that trades for him no longer gets draft-pick compensation if he signs..." July 08

  • The Yankees and Tigers scouted Johnny Cueto on Friday

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Yankees and Tigers each had scouts in attendance for Reds starter Johnny Cueto‘s Friday start against the Cubs.’s Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck says that the Reds had a scout in attendance at Double-A Erie. Cueto, on Friday, allowed four..." June 15

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    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    Price says Cueto will not be ready to start Sunday. Lorenzen to start. Marquis moved out of rotation and into bullpen #reds

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    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    If this goes well, chance Cueto throws in the bullpen on Friday. If that goes well and no issues Sat, Price said Sun start possible. #reds

  • Agent: Johnny Cueto MRI shows no structural damage

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto had an MRI on his elbow Tuesday, his agent Bryce Dixon told the Enquirer, and it revealed no structural damage. The Reds had sounded confident on Monday. "We don't think it's a serious injury. We did all the stuff that we need to do just to verify that everything's..." May 26

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    C. Trent Rosecrans @ctrent

    #Reds Bryan Price said he doesn’t expect Johnny Cueto to miss more than a start at this point

  • Reds put catcher Mesoraco on DL, starter Cueto examined

    Fox Sports Ohio "The Reds have put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and being an interleague DH for the past six weeks. Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12. In the last six weeks, he's been limited to 13 pinch-hit appearances..." May 25

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    Joe Kay @apjoekay

    Oh, and #Reds starter Johnny Cueto gettting right elbow examined today. Missed last start with stiffness. Still doesn't feel right.

  • Scouts swirling to watch Cueto work

    Dayton Daily News "The sharks are swirling, the feeding frenzy has begun. And it is all about Johnny Cueto. With Cueto on the mound Thursday night, 20 scouts showed up to watch, knowing that the Cincinnati Reds either are going to trade him or he will become a free agent after the season. And they weren’t..." May 16