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Giants Ink Johnny Cueto: It’s Tied For The 37th ALL – Time In MLB Contracts

Johnny Cueto is 97 - 70 (.578) career with a 3.30 ERA however he has put forth a 2.71 ERA since the start of the 2011 year. Much like his new team, Cueto has performed better in the even years of this decade, where he finished 2nd in Cy Young Voting in 2012 and 4th in 2014 Cy Young Voting.

Johnny Cueto is 97 – 70 (.578) career with a 3.30 ERA however he has put forth a 2.71 ERA since the start of the 2011 year. Much like his new team, Cueto has performed better in the even years of this decade, where he finished 2nd in Cy Young Voting in 2012 and 4th in 2014 Cy Young Voting.

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The landscape of the NL West just changed again. As of right now I give the Giants as equally a shot to win the NL West as I do the LA Dodgers.  Signing Johnny Cueto is an awesome move.

Even better than the 6 YRs/$130 MIL deal is an opt out clause after 2 years, when Cueto can forego the final 4 years of the pact – leaving the San Fran club with $84 MIL on the table.

The current contract also calls for a Team Option for a 7th year.

Cueto, who is 30, most likely will opt out after 2017 if he can put up great back to back seasons as good as his 2.71 ERA since the start of the 2011 campaign, – only bested by Clayton Kershaw in that time frame.

The Dodgers need to start spending money like right now, otherwise they stand to jeopardize themselves winning a 4th straight NL West title in 2016. Both the Giants and D'Backs have signed ace pitchers this year, and added another good Starting Pitcher besides the point. Signing a questionable Hisashi Iwakuma to replace Zack Greinke simply wont cut it.

The Dodgers need to start spending money like right now, otherwise they stand to jeopardize themselves winning a 4th straight NL West title in 2016. Both the Giants and D’Backs have signed ace pitchers this year, and added another good Starting Pitcher besides the point. Signing a questionable Hisashi Iwakuma to replace Zack Greinke simply wont cut it.

His contract will pay him $130 MIL for the duration of his time in the BAY – thus tying Shin-Soo Choo for the 37th biggest contract ALL – Time in the history of baseball.

This move comes after the club signed Jeff Samardzija last week.  Essentially, the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series Champs now have a rotation of Madison Bumgarner, Cueto, Samardzija, Jake Peavy and Matt Cain – with Chris Heston as their #6.

This cripples the Dodgers with anymore notion of signing as second ace starter to replace the departed Zack Greinke (who signed with the Diamondbacks).

Cueto struggled with the Royals – but was good in 3 of his 4 starts during the postseason.  This guy is one of the best pitchers in the game when healthy, who is now heading to the friendly confines of AT @ T Park as his home base.

The Dodgers definitely have to counter with signing a premiere OF like Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton.  If they were able to sign either of those guys, they could package several young prospects up halfway through the 2016 year to land an ace that may come available on the trade market like a Sonny Gray, Chris Sale Or Jose Fernandez.

For now, LA will have to stew on this one a little more first.

The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means Active Contract)

 *1. Giancarlo Stanton, $325, 000, 000 (2015 – 2027)

*2. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)

*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he forfeited $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.  Arod also has the 22nd highest contract in history too.

*3. Miguel Cabrera $248,000, 000 (2016 – 2023)

Go see #28 as well.  He has the 3rd and 28th top contracts of ALL – Time.

*4Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)

*5. Robinson Cano$240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)

*6. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)

*7.  David Price, $217,000,000 (2016 – 2022)

*8.  Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)

*9. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)

*10.  Max Scherzer, $210,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*11. Zack Greinke, $206,500,000 (2016 – 2022)

12. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 (2001-10)

*T13. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)

*T13. Jason Heyward, $184,000,000 (2016 – 2023)

*T15. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)

*T15. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)

*17Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)

*18. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)

*19CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)

T-20. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)

*T-20. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)

22. Alex Rodriguez, $158,400,000 (2001-2007)

*23 Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)

*24  Masahiro Tanaka, $155,000,000 (2014 – 20) (Doesn’t include his $20 MIL posting fee)

*25Jon Lester, $155,000,000 (2015 – 2021)

*26. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)

*27. Jacoby Ellsbury , $153,000,000 (2014-2020)

*28. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 (2008-15)

*29.  Mike Trout, $144, 500, 000 (2015 – 2020)

*30Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18) 

*31Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)

32Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)

*33. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)

34. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)

*35Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)

*36.  Freddie Freeman, $135,000,000 (2014-21)

*T37.  Shin-Soo Choo, $130,000,000 (2014-20)

T37.  Johnny Cueto, $130, 000, 000 (2016 – 2021)

*39. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)

T 40. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 (2008-14)

T-40. Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)

*T40. Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)

*T-43Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)

*T-43: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)

45. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)

T-46Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)

*T-46. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000 (2010-16)

*T-46: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)

 T-46:  Cliff Lee, $120,000,000 (2011-15)

50Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)

 

Just Outside the BAR

51 .Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)

*T52. Jordan Zimmermann, $110,000,000 (2016 – 2020)

*T52.  Dustin Pedroia, $110,0000, 000 (2014 – 2021)

 

Johnny Cueto has thrown for more than 200 Innings in 2 of the last 3 years. With the San Fran staff three guys who combined for 645 Innings last season between he, MadBum and Samardzija. Cueto will earn $46 MIL doled out over the 2016 and 2017 seasons before he has an opt out clause. It is a brilliant move by Sabean to offer this move for Cueto. Matt Cain's contract will be up for a Team Option in 2018 as well. The Giants can reload if they buy him out and Cueto decides to opt out. Very vital for the Giants to proceed considering Bumgarner is a Free Agent after the 2019 season.

Johnny Cueto has thrown for more than 200 Innings in 3 of the last 4 years. With the San Fran staff – they now have three guys who combined for 645 Innings last season between he, MadBum and Samardzija. Cueto will earn $46 MIL doled out over the 2016 and 2017 seasons – before he has an opt out clause to hit the open market again at 32. It is also a brilliant move by Sabean to offer this for Cueto. Matt Cain’s contract will be up for a Team Option in 2018 as well. The Giants can reload if they buy him out and Cueto decides to opt out. Very vital for the Giants to proceed considering Bumgarner is a Free Agent after the 2019 season.

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