After months of speculation, the Reds finally parted ways with pitcher Johnny Cueto. On Sunday, the Reds and Royals finalized a deal that sends Cueto to KC for pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb, and Cody Reed. In this deal, the Reds landed two lefties who could blossom into mid-rotation starters and a third lefty who can be placed in the back of their rotation right away, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America writes. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the Cueto deal..
- It’s unlikely that the Reds will reacquire Cueto in free agency this winter, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Rosecrans wouldn’t be surprised to see the Reds make a run at Mike Leake – another rumored trade candidate – this winter, but he doesn’t expect that reunion to happen either.
- Cueto told reporters “It’s a good trade. But I am sad,” Nick Groke of The Denver Post tweets.
- If Cueto gets the Royals where they want to go in 2015, it won’t matter whether he stays or leaves, Richard Justice of MLB.com writes. GM Dayton Moore definitely weakened his farm system, but Cueto gives them a chance to win big this year.
- One AL scout told Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange (on Twitter) that Reed is the sleeper in the deal. That scout sees Reed’s future as a reliever and also feels that Finnegan best fits in a bullpen.
- Finnegan and Lamb will head to Triple-A, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Finnegan will be used as a starter.
- The Reds did well in the deal considering that Cueto is a rental, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com tweets. Finnegan and Lamb, he says, both need more time to develop but they both have upside.
- The Reds got a great return, but this was a deal the Royals had to make, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets.
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