Regardless of your feelings of Johnny Cueto, one thing is for certain: this is a fantastic sign for the Boston Red Sox.
Yesterday, as the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox warmed up for their Friday night game, Johnny Cueto and his close friend Hanley Ramirez met with reporters. With Hanley Ramirez as his translator, Cueto talked about the possibly of coming to Boston next season as he hits free agency:
"It depends," said Cueto on if he would sign with the Red Sox after this season. "Because I'm a free agent, and I'm just going to pick the best choice to go. The main thing — I would like to come here because it's a championship-caliber team."
"Yeah, that's what I think," he said when he believed the Red Sox might be a landing spot when trade rumors started swirling prior to this season. "I think, 'I'll wait for Boston.'"
Johnny Cueto is in the middle of an ace-like season and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Dominican hurler. After being traded from the Cincinnati Reds, Cueto is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts for the Royals, while he has a 2.46 ERA over the entire season.
While there is no denying Cueto's skill, his health and "wear and tear" on that arm of his should be evaluated before the Red Sox fork over $200 million for the workhorse righty. Cueto has been a full-time Major League pitcher since he was 22 (he's now 29, 30 in February) and has made more than 30 starts in 5 seasons. He has also been known to have minor elbow issues as of late.
In my opinion, the Red Sox should look at David Price, Sonny Gray (if he's available), etc., but Cueto would look very nice at the top of this Red Sox rotation in 2016.
The hiring of Dombrowski is already being felt, and its only been 2 days.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS