Former Dayton Dragons pitcher Johnny Cueto has agreed to a six-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, reportedly for $130 million and an opt-out option after the 2017 season.
Cueto pitched for Dayton in 2006, going 8-1 with a 2.59 ERA, 82 strikeouts and 15 walks in 76.1 innings (14 starts). He also made two rehab starts for the Dragons in 2013, earning a win and striking out eight while walking none in eight innings.
The right-hander split the 2015 season between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals, going 11-13 with a 3.44 ERA, 176 strikeouts and 46 walks in 212 innings during the regular season. He made four postseason starts for the Royals on their way to winning the 2015 World Series.
He spent the previous seven years pitching for the Reds, twice finishing in the top 5 in votes for the National League Cy Young Award. His best season was 2014, when he went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA, 242 strikeouts and 65 walks in 243.2 innings. He finished second to Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award that year.
Cueto is the second big-ticket free-agent pitcher signed by San Francisco this offseason. Earlier this month the Giants signed RHP Jeff Samardzija to a five-year, $90 million deal. He briefly pitched in the Midwest League, making two starts for the 2006 Peoria Chiefs; he struck out four, walked six, and gave up five runs (four earned) in 11 innings.