The Giants missed out on Zack Greinke and David Price, but they still got their ace. It was just a much, much riskier one. Buster Olney is reporting that the Giants have an agreement with right-hander Johnny Cueto on a long-term deal. Jon Heyman is reporting it's a six-year deal for $130 million.
You can stuff the Giants-finish-second jokes back in your holster now, as the team has made a huge commitment to a pitcher with undeniable talent and unmistakable risks. Since 2012, Cueto has been one of the very best pitchers in baseball. However, he also sputtered in the second half last year after being traded to the Royals, raising concerns about the health of his arm. The deal is pending a physical, so the Giants will have their own doctors poke around in there and see if he's worth the millions. The scores and scores of millions.
There will be time to discuss the wisdom of this deal, the risks and rewards. The contract will cost them in future roster-improving opportunities as well as money, and there's a strong chance that in six years, we'll all be very, very happy to get rid of Cueto's contract.
For next season, though, the Giants are likely to have a substantially better starting rotation. Freak out if you must, but don't forget that Cueto probably makes the Giants much better next year than a lot of the mid-tier alternatives. That's something to be excited about, at least.
Welcome, Johnny Cueto.
And congratulations on the need for a much, much larger satchel.