Reds GM on re-signing Johnny Cueto: “It’s very tough in our market”

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Johnny Cueto will be a free agent next offseason and has said he won’t negotiate a contract past Opening Day, leading most people to assume that the Reds ace is a goner after this season.

However, general manager Walt Jocketty had a slightly more optimistic viewpoint Thursday during an interview with MLB Network:

With Johnny, we’ll never say “never.” We are going to do everything we can to try and come up with some sort of plan to keep him. I’m not sure we’ll be able to, because the numbers are obviously starting to skyrocket and it’s very tough in our market to continue to retain guys at a high price like that. We’ll continue to work on that and see where it comes out.

When it’s early February and a GM is already going to the “we’re not a big market” quotes regarding an impending free agent that’s a pretty bad sign, although the Reds did hand out a $225 million contract to first baseman Joey Votto recently (and $105 million to Homer Bailey even more recently).

Cueto threw a league-leading 244 innings with a 2.25 ERA and league-high 242 strikeouts last season to finish runner-up in the Cy Young balloting to Clayton Kershaw. He’s under contract for $10 million in 2015 and turns 29 years old next week.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.