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Reds ink Johnny Cueto to a four-year, $27M extension

Jan 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that the Reds have agreed to a four-year, $27 million contract extension with young right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Cueto, 25 next month, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.  This new extension will allow both sides to avoid an often tumultuous arbitration hearing and will keep the talented Dominican native in Cincinnati through his first year of free agency.

Cueto posted a 3.64 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 31 starts last season for the National League Central champion Reds, fanning 138 batters and walking only 56 across 185.2 innings of work.  He finished with a 4.41 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 30 starts in 2009.

If his development continues as expected and he remains a reliable No. 2 or No. 3 starter over these next three seasons in Cincy, the extension should pay off greatly.

The Reds inked another one of their young talents, first baseman Joey Votto, to a three-year, $38 million contract extension just four days ago.  It has been a busy little week for the Cincinnati front office.

  1. phlockar - Jan 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    You like that St. Louis?? 4 more years of somebody gettin’ a cleat to the face!!

    On a serious note.

    This is a good signing. Pounds the strikezone with heaters.

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 20, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      How do you think he got the deal done?

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM

      He ended a guy’s career and gets $27 million. Ain’t that a kick in the head. But as Dusty said he is a trapped rat. I’m just guessing but I think the rat is due for a long stay on the DL before his contract is up.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Is Prozac considered a PED?

    • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Depends on what performance you want to enhance.
      Myself, Nardil trumps Prozac fifty times over.

  3. stargatebabe - Jan 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Oh, Good! I’d certainly hate for little Johnny “I kick like a little girl cuz I was scared” to leave the Reds before pay-back!

  4. Jonny 5 - Jan 21, 2011 at 8:53 AM

  5. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    THIS was a good signing.

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