Johnny Cueto now belongs to the Kanas City Rouyals. The Cincinnati Reds dealt him Sunday afternoon for three top left handed pitching prospects.
The Reds received Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed. Finnegan and Lamb will report to Class AAA Louisville and Lamb will report to Class AA Pensacola.
Cueto was 92-63 with a 3.21 earned run average for 213 starts during his career with the Reds and was 7-6 this year, his record not as glossy as it could have been due to low run support.
Acquiring left handed pitching was a priority for the Reds because most of the Reds prospects in the minors are right handed.
Finnegan was Kansas City’s No. 1 draft pick last year and went right from the College World Series to pitching for the Royals in the majors.
He made seven playoff appearances in 2014, but has split time between Triple-A Omaha and Kansas City this year.
The Royals also have bounced him back and forth between starting and relieving, but Reds GM Walt Jocketty said the team will stretch him out to be starter.
The 25-year-old Lamb, a fifth-round pick in 2008, is 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Omaha.
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 wa 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 eighgt scoreless four-hit innins and the Reds won, 5-2, pushing Cueto’s record to 7-6, a deceiving record because Cueto suffered a season-long malady of nothing have 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.