Reds ace Johnny Cueto is headed to the Kansas City Royals, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The two sides nearly reached an agreement on Saturday night before Cueto took the mound at Coors Field, but one of the players due to move from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. Negotiations continued into late Sunday morning, and the Kansas City front office was eventually able to modify its return package to Cincinnati’s liking.
As first reported by MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, that return package is Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed — all young left-handed pitchers. Finnegan was a first-rounder in 2014 and Reed was a second-rounder in 2013. Lamb is a former top prospect who has rebuilt some of his stock this year at age 25. It’s not a bad haul for the rebuilding Reds.
Cueto tossed eight scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Rockies and boasts a a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 total frames this season. He carries a 2.51 ERA since the beginning of the 2011 campaign, which is second only to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw over that span.
The 29-year-old impending free agent had also drawn trade interest from the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Astros, and Orioles. He’s a tremendous fit — even as a rental — for the AL Central-leading Royals.