By: Kyle May
Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a 6-year deal worth $130 million. In the deal comes an opt-out clause after 2 years.
Cueto turned down a $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks that would pair him with Zack Greinke, and Patrick Corbin atop the rotation. Instead, he is joining Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija in San Francisco. The Giants brought in Jeff Samardzija on a 5-year deal worth $90 million earlier this month.
Cueto has pitched over 200 innings in each of the past 4 seasons, despite having reported elbow discomfort. Among all pitchers with 500 innings pitched in the past five seasons, Cueto has the second lowest ERA (2.71). Only Clayton Kershaw has a better ERA (2.11).
The Giants will have a dominant rotation for the 2016 season. Bumgarner and Cueto are both aces. Samardzija will be the best #3 starter in the league. The 4th and 5th rotation spots will be battled for by Jake Peavy, Chris Heston, and Matt Cain. Needless to say, the Giants are going to dominate on the mound in 2016.
The Giants have $220 million of risk between Cueto and Samardzija. If Cueto excels in his first two seasons with the Giants, it is likely that he will opt-out of his contract. That just means that he will get a bigger deal or leave San Francisco.