With pitchers and catchers formally reporting to Spring Coaching subsequent week, free agent right-hander Johnny Cueto is getting ready to pitch and hopes to signal with a membership for the 2024 season, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Cueto is nearing his thirty eighth birthday, which might be on Thursday subsequent week, and final yr wasn’t an amazing displaying for him. He signed a one-year, $8.5MM take care of the Marlins, within the type of a $6MM wage and $2.5MM buyout on a 2024 membership possibility. The Marlins had been hoping he may present some veteran innings to their youthful employees and change a number of the workload misplaced by buying and selling Pablo López to the Twins as a part of the Luis Arráez deal.
Sadly, Cueto departed his first outing of the yr after simply 30 pitches as a result of proper biceps tightness, happening the injured listing within the first week of April and never returning till July. He was ultimately in a position to get some work in and completed the yr with 52 1/3 innings over 10 begins and three aid appearances, however the outcomes weren’t fairly. He allowed 6.02 earned runs per 9 frames, hanging out simply 17.9% of opponents and permitting 17 house runs in that temporary displaying.
The Fish had a $10.5MM membership possibility over Cueto for 2024 however made the simple resolution to show that down and take the $2.5MM buyout, sending him again to the open market. Given his age and tough marketing campaign, it could have been truthful to marvel if he was hanging up his spikes however he appears to be planning on one other go. The curiosity will clearly be low after a season like that and Cueto hasn’t been linked to any particular golf equipment this winter. Nevertheless it’s maybe price declaring that he has come again from struggles up to now.
He posted an ERA of 4.38 for the Giants from 2017 to 2021, happening the injured listing in every full season of that stretch. He stayed wholesome within the shortened 2020 season however had a 5.40 ERA in that marketing campaign. Going into 2022, he was a free agent and needed to accept a minor league take care of the White Sox, although one which got here with a $4.2MM wage if he cracked the massive leagues. He ended up making good on that deal, tossing 158 1/3 innings for the Sox with a 3.35 ERA, parlaying that into his take care of the Marlins.
The free agent market nonetheless options loads of arms, with large names like Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery nonetheless on the market, in addition to guys like Mike Clevinger, Michael Lorenzen and Jakob Junis. Cueto might be a part of a veteran contingent that includes guys like Hyun Jin Ryu, Wealthy Hill and Zack Greinke.
Cueto has appeared in elements of 16 MLB seasons thus far, having racked up 144 victories and 1,851 strikeouts whereas posting a 3.50 ERA in 368 video games.