Johnny Cueto reportedly really wanted to come to Boston. (via Instagram)

Agent: Johnny Cueto really wanted to go to Red Sox

Rob Bradford
December 11, 2015 - 7:37 am

When visiting Boston with his Royals in late August, Johnny Cueto was surprisingly forthcoming when it came to his infatuation with Boston. "Because I'€™m a free agent, and I'€™m just going to pick the best choice to go," said Cueto through translator Hanley Ramirez. "The main thing -- I would like to come here because it'€™s a championship-caliber team." Evidently, he wasn't lying. Talking to Peter Gammons of, Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, revealed that not only did his client like the idea of signing with the Red Sox, but it was his first choice. "Johnny really wanted to go to the Red Sox," Dixon told Gammons. "His idol is Pedro Martinez. He wanted to be with him. When he threw the shutout in the World Series, one of the first things he said was, '€˜did Pedro ever throw a game like that in the post-season?" While there is a perception Cueto is on the verge of being on the outside looking in due to all the recent signings of free agent pitchers -- including Boston's deal with David Price -- Dixon tells Gammons he believes the pitcher will be signing a deal within a week. Cueto was once thought to be on the level of Price when it came to potential value on the free agent market. But after less-than-great results during the final two months of the season, and up and down performances in the postseason, the 29-year-old fell to a level clearly behind both Price and Zack Greinke. Recent reports had the Dodgers interested in Cueto after having lost out on Greinke, and reliever Aroldis Chapman. Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks earlier in the offseason.