White Sox Sign Johnny Cueto To Minor League Deal

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The White Sox have signed veteran righty Johnny Cueto, according to Mike Rodriguez of Univision.  According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Cueto will earn a prorated $4.2MM in the Majors.  Cueto is represented by Bryce Dixon.

Cueto, 36, provides rotation depth for a White Sox club that saw Lance Lynn go under the knife for a slightly torn right knee tendon.  Lynn is expected to be out for nearly two months.  The club also recently took a couple of hits in the bullpen – a voluntary one with the trade of Craig Kimbrel to the Dodgers, and an unfortunate injury with Garrett Crochet needing Tommy John surgery.

The White Sox will still slot Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, and Dallas Keuchel into their first four rotation spots.  The newly-added Cueto will look to join a fifth starter mix that already included Reynaldo Lopez and Vince Velasquez.

After Cueto posted a solid age-24 season back in 2010, then-Reds GM Walt Jocketty had the foresight to lock him up on a four-year, $27MM deal with a club option.  That gave Cincinnati two extra years of control, during a period in which Cueto blossomed into a Cy Young contender.  When free agency did approach, Jocketty shipped Cueto the Royals for their World Series run.  The righty capped his Royals career with a complete game victory in Game 2 of that World Series.

Not long after that, Cueto signed a six-year, $130MM free agent deal with the Giants under Brian Sabean’s regime.  Cueto was excellent in his first season for the Giants, but the investment failed to pan out as he tallied only 3.4 WAR over the final five years.

More to come…





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