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Cueto headed for Kansas City

It has not yet been confirmed by either side, but multiple media outlets are reporting that a deal is in place that will send Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals.

Who the Reds are receiving in return has not been revealed, but the official announcement is expected at any time.

It appeared before Saturday night’s game that a deal was done, but it was reported that one of the players headed Cincinnati’s way did not pass a physical.

Cueto was scheduled to pitch Saturday night in Colorado, but just before game time Michael Lorenzen began warming up because a trade was expected.

Apparently nobody told Cueto because he said when he saw Lorenzen warming up he asked what was going on and Cueto told FoxSportsOhio, “I’m going to pitch because you’ve been traded.” Nobody had told Cueto.

A few minutes later Cueto emerged from the dugout and began warming up because he was told he was pitching.

The deal had not gone through.

Cueto then pitched eight scoreless four-hit inns and the Reds won, 5-2, pushing Cueto’s record to 7-6, a deceiving record because Cueto suffered a season-long malady of not having sufficient run support.

But apparently the Reds and Royals came to an agreement Sunday morning and Cueto’s next start will be with the first place Royals in the American League Central.


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