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47 Johnny Cueto SP
Height/Weight: 5-11/221 | Birthdate: 2/15/1986 | Birthplace: San Pedro de Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $7,400,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/91 | Average Draft Position: 18.23
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Johnny Cueto returns to mound in Reds minor league game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto returned to the mound for the first time since March 15 in a minor league game on Friday. 

Cueto gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Cueto threw 60 pitches, including 47 strikes. 

"I thought I was going to be a little wild and stuff like that, but no, everything felt pretty good," Cueto said, per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "I was trying to throw the ball down and I was effective. So I was very pleased with my start."

Cueto left the team in mid-March to return home to the Dominican Republic, after his mother needed open heart surgery. He returned after the operation. 

"He threw all of his pitches for strikes, a lot of balls were in play on the ground," manager Bryan Price said. "I thought he threw very well, especially after a fairly extended layoff from facing hitters."


Reds' Johnny Cueto slated to start vs. minor leaguers Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a start Friday night against a Dodgers' minor-league squad, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto was away from the team for a week while he returned to the Dominican Republic for a family medical situation. He returned Thursday, and appears on track to pitch on Opening Day.

Reds SP Johnny Cueto back in camp, still on track for opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was back in camp and resumed workouts Thursday, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto was away from the team for a week while he returned to the Dominican Republic for a family medical situation.

Reds manager Bryan Price is not expecting Cueto's absence to keep the right-hander from starting Opening Day.

"We'll get a look at him today and hopefully he'll pitch here in the next couple of days," Price said. 


Reds SP Johnny Cueto expected back Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto has been away from the team attending to a family matter in the Dominican Republic, but he's expected to rejoin his team Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Cueto has surrendered three runs in nine innings this spring. Manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that he believes Cueto still has enough time to get ready to pitch on Opening Day.


Reds SP Johnny Cueto expected back in camp next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday he expects starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to be back in camp next week, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto left the team Friday to attend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.

"We did some Facetiming with him [Friday] from the hospital," Price said, per MLB.com. "It's one of those day-to-day things but we hope to see him by early next week. Fortunately, he lives about 30 minutes from the [Dominican] complex, so he's able to get some regular throwing, running, shoulder exercises -- all the stuff that he would be doing here outside of pitching in games.

"When he comes back, we may just slide him into a minor-league game so we can get his pitch count where it needs to before Opening Day. Then we can use the last start just as a tuneup. That's probably what we're targeting when he returns."

Cueto is on track to make his fourth straight Opening Day start.

"At this point in time, we're thinking that he will be back and have two more starts to be ready for Opening Day," Price said. "Hopefully everything is taken care of at home by then and he won't have to make any return trips."


Johnny Cueto flies back to Dominican Republic to address family issue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters on Friday that Johnny Cueto left spring camp for the Dominican Republic to address a family issue, and that it shouldn't impact his readiness for Opening Day, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Price will work out at the team's facility in the Dominican Republic while he is in the Caribbean.


DeSclafani, Marquis, Iglesias join Cueto, Leake in Reds rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Reds starting pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Jason Marquis and Raisel Iglesias have secured spots in the rotation to begin the season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. They join Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake.

Homer Bailey is still recovering from September elbow surgery and will start the season on the disabled list. Paul Maholm, who was also competing for a spot in the rotation, has been told he will now compete for a spot in the bullpen.

"I think we have a pretty good idea of where we're headed," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "That being said, we still have 2 1/2 weeks of spring training games to go to make sure, No. 1, that we're healthy, and No. 2, that how we feel now remains the same."


Reds' Price on Johnny Cueto: 'He's special'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said the instincts of Johnny Cueto on the mound are as good as any pitcher he's ever seen, highlighting his ability to make adjustments within a given at-bat, MLB.com reports.

"If there's anyone that I've ever been around that could simply go into a game and pitch it without any understanding of the lineup he was facing -- it'd be Johnny," Price said. "He cuts you up, spits you out. He's special."

Price also compared Cueto to Greg Maddux -- ""[Maddux's] ability to find that spot in the zone and the speed with which to induce that ground ball -- that's what I sense where Johnny has elevated himself" and Pedro Martinez -- "A lot [of similarities] -- enjoyment, they're so acute with their command, they're so precise."

Cueto finished second in the voting for NL Cy Young in 2014, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA and 242:65 K:BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings.


Reds' Cueto on extension talks: I'd like an extension before opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto expressed his desire to work out a new deal before opening day, reports the Associated Press.

"I want to stay here," Cueto said. "Honest, I'd like to have a contract before spring training ends. But all I can do is play. At this point, I just have to keep working hard and let them work it out."

Cueto is entering the final year of a five-year, $36.2 million deal. The Reds traded away starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in the offseason, in an attempt to clear up some payroom moving forward. If both sides can't come to terms on an extension before opening day, Cueto could be traded at midseason or leave as a free agent afterward.

Cueto, 29. won a career-high 20 games in 2014. He posted a 2.25 ERA and 242:65 K:BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings last season.


Reds' Price hints at Johnny Cueto starting season opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price pretty much indicated Wednesday that Johnny Cueto will be the team's opening day starter, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Price said he wouldn't be "sticking (his) neck out" to say Cueto would start April 6 vs. Pittsburgh.

Cueto has started the last three openers for Cincinnati.


Report: Reds' goal is to lock Johnny Cueto up to extension


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is willing to negotiate a new contract until opening day. It seems the Reds are on the same page with Cueto, with hopes of locking the right-hander up to a long-term extension.

The Boston Globe reports that reaching a new deal with Cueto is the goal for Cincinnati. However, if the Reds are unable to do so, it's possible the Reds look to trade Cueto by the July 31 deadline.

Cueto is entering the final year of a five-year, $36.2 million deal. He recorded a 2.25 ERA and 242:65 K:BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings in 2014.


Johnny Cueto's agent seeking long-term extension in offseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Johnny Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, will give the Reds through the winter and spring to try to negotiate for a long-term deal, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Cueto is seeking for a contract comparable to Jon Lester and Max Scherzer.

"He'll give it until Opening Day," Dixon said by phone. "Then he's going to be focused on the season and trying to do what he can for Cincinnati. If something happens, we're probably to keep it to this off-season. We're not going to be looking to do something this summer."

Cueto, who won a career-high 20 games in 2014, is in the final year of a five-year, $36.2 million contract. He posted a 2.25 ERA and 242:65 K:BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings last season.

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Reds GM Jocketty: Cueto negotiations 'won't be easy'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Thursday he met with the reps for starting pitcher Johnny Cueto at the Winter Meetings, according to MLB Network Radio. Although, Jocketty admits it will not be easy signing the 28-year-old Cueto to a contract extension.

Cueto, who won a career-high 20 games in 2014, is in the final year of a five-year, $36.2 million contract.

"We had a brief meeting with his agent down here and we'll see how re-signing him progresses. But it won't be easy," Jocketty said.


Reds more likely to trade Leake, Latos than Cueto, Chapman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) Although the Reds have received calls on the availability of pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman, it is more likely that Mike Leake or Mat Latos would be dealt this offseason instead, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said they were "close" to a couple of trades on Tuesday, but both fell through, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. When asked about rumors of a Chapman trade, Jocketty said, "I'll listen to anything that makes sense. It was not something we initiated."


Report: Marlins eyeing pitcher Johnny Cueto as trade target


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Sources have indicated the Marlins are interested in trading for Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, reports 790AM The Ticket.

With Cueto set to become a free agent after the 2015 season, reports have shown the Reds are interested in trading one of their starting pitchers. And with the Marlins in the market for a starting pitcher, it could be a perfect match.

In 2014, Cueto went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA.


Reds will likely trade one 2016 free-agent class starting pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday he suspects he will have to trade one of the four starting pitchers due to hit the free-agent market next offseason, according to the Boston Herald

Johnny Cueto, Alfredo Simon, Mat Latos and Mike Leake are all set to become free agents after the 2015 season. Jocketty said he would like to keep Cueto.


Rival execs say Reds willing to entertain offers for starters


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Rival executives say the Reds are "listening" to what teams may offer for certain members of their starting rotation, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon all are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, though it's unlikely the team would trade its ace, Cueto, the report said.

Heyman noted that "Latos recent history of injuries might limit his value, Leake has a decent pay day coming as a fifth-year arbitration eligible player and Simon wasn't as good in the second half after a big beginning last year. So none of those pitchers would bring anything close to the kind of haul Cueto could potentially bring."


Reds pick up option on Johnny Cueto


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Reds have picked up an option on pitcher Johnny Cueto, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Cueto's option was for just $10 million, leading many to believe the Reds would extend the offer. Cueto was excellent last season, posting a 2.25 ERA over 243 2/3 innings. Cueto is entering the final year of his deal, but has expressed an interest to remain with the Reds. 


Johnny Cueto delivers win No. 20 in season finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto picked up his 20th win in Sunday's season finale, giving up one earned run on six hits in eight innings while striking out seven and walking none in his team's 4-1 victory over the Pirates.

Cueto (20-9) was also responsible for the game's key hit, as the Reds left him in to hit for himself in the bottom of the eighth with a man on base. He laced a single to center field to break a 1-1 tie before the Reds offense added a two-run blast later in the inning after the starter had been removed for a pinch runner. Cueto ends the season with a 2.25 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 242:65 K:BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings. If not for Clayton Kershaw, he'd be the clear choice for the NL Cy Young award.


Johnny Cueto strikes out seven in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto earned a win Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on four hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out seven in his team's 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

Cueto (19-9) had a rough outing in his last start, but he bounced back in a big way Tuesday, limiting Milwaukee to just a sixth-inning solo home run. He owns a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 235:65 K:BB ratio in 235 2/3 innings. He'll go for win No. 20 in the season finale against the Pirates Sunday.


Johnny Cueto blasted for six runs in loss vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto took a loss Tuesday, allowing six earned runs on five hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 7-0 defeat against the Cubs.

Cueto (18-9) had an atypical night Tuesday, issuing a walk with the bases loaded twice in the sixth inning to help contribute to his worst start since giving up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings on May 20. He still owns a 2.33 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 228:64 K:BB ratio in 227 2/3 innings. Cueto is scheduled to face the Brewers next Tuesday.


Johnny Cueto turns in tremendous effort in win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto turned in a fantastic performance Thursday against the Cardinals. 

Cueto allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Cueto didn't give up his first hit until the third inning. He put two men on during the inning, but managed to work his way out of the jam. Cueto gave up his final hit in the fourth inning. Over the next four innings, Cueto tossed four perfect innings.

With the win, Cueto improved to 18-8. He'll take on the Cubs in his next start.


Johnny Cueto strikes out eight in win vs. Mets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto earned a win Saturday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 2-1 victory over the Mets.

Cueto (17-8) fell behind early after surrendering an RBI single in the second inning, but the Reds were able to deliver a pair of solo home runs in the middle frames to give Cueto a lead before his day was through. He owns a 2.23 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 213:58 K:BB ratio in 214 innings. Cueto is scheduled to face the Cardinals Thursday.


Johnny Cueto dazzles in win over Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto put together another dominant outing on Sunday, going eight innings strong for the win over the Pirates to improve to 16-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six in a 3-2 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 14 1/3 innings, Cueto has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 2.26 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over 29 starts (207 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against the Mets.

Johnny Cueto tosses quality start against Cubs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto turned in a quality start Tuesday against the Cubs.

Cueto allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. Home runs proved to be the difference. Cueto allowed a solo shot to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning. He was then able to toss five scoreless innings before allowing another home run in the seventh. With a man on, Cueto allowed a two-run shot to Arismendy Alcantara. Cueto managed a strikeout during the inning, but out two additional men on, leading to him being taken out. 

With the loss, Cueto dropped to 15-8. He’ll take on the Pirates in his next start.