Reds steering interest away from Cueto
The Reds entered this offseason knowing that they might have to deal one of their starting pitchers in order to address their other needs. As far as who’s available, however, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the club is trying to steer inquiring teams toward Mat Latos, Mike Leake or Alfredo Simon instead of staff ace Johnny Cueto.
Cueto is set to make $10 million in his option year next season, while Latos, Leake and Simon are all third-year arbitration eligible. In other words, all four starters are set to become free agents following next season. Along with dealing with those impending free agencies, the Reds also need to free up some payroll to address their void in left field.
“I hope not, but we may. I’m still hoping that something works out where we don’t have to,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said regarding the possibility of trading a starter. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. We’re still going to have to move some payroll in order to do anything.”
Despite knowing a trade may be inevitable, the Reds are likely going to see what they can get in return for Latos, Leake or Simon before offering up Cueto. That said, the 20-game winner from a year ago would obviously bring back the most substantial return.
— Paul Casella