#7 Johnny Cueto: (SP) Kansas City Royals
The former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher was dealt to Kansas City prior to the July trade deadline. The Royals gave up a nice trio of young arms, but Cueto has the ability to be dominant as a starting pitcher. He also has the ability to pitch well on the big stage when the team needs him most.
The 30-year-old has a career 96-70 record with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.181 WHIP in his 226 games. He has amassed a 25.9 WAR rating in his eight years in the majors. Cueto finished the 2015 regular season with a 11-13 record with a 3.44 ERA. He has struggled a bit in the American League once dealt to the Royals where he has gone 4-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 games.
Cueto will be a nice pickup for a team this winter. With his numbers in the American League, he might only draw interest of National League teams. That remains to be seen.
Cueto is making $10 million this year and will get a hefty raise this off-season. He will get anywhere between $16-22 million per season for at least five years. The right-handed pitcher has shown the ability to adjust his motion and become more of a pitcher than a thrower. He should be able to have success because he understands how to pitch.