Reds GM Walt Jocketty didn’t sound like he expected starter Johnny Cueto to sign an extension anytime soon, recently saying, “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.”
Nevertheless, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Reds indeed are serious about extending him. Cueto said he won’t negotiate a contract beyond Opening Day , so the clock is ticking. If the Reds are unable to work out a new deal, Cueto very likely would be traded by the July 31 deadline.
Cueto, celebrating his 29th birthday today, finished second on National League Cy Young voting this past season, finishing with a 2.25 ERA and a 242/65 K/BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings. He’s had an ERA of 2.82 or lower in each of the past four seasons. Clayton Kershaw is the only other pitcher to accomplish the feat.