Johnny Cueto has found a new home in San Francisco (Photo courtesy Instagram)

Johnny Cueto has found new home with Giants

Rob Bradford
December 14, 2015 - 12:05 pm
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According to multiple reports, free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto has agreed to a six-year deal with the Giants that will pay him $130 million. The contract (which is pending a physical) reportedly includes an opt-out after the second season, which would be just prior to the righty pitcher turning 32 years old. He will be paid $46 million prior to the opportunity to opt-out. The deal comes after Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million contact offer from the Diamondbacks earlier this offseason. Cueto is the last top of the rotation free agent pitcher to come to terms this offseason (unless you consider Japanese hurler Kenta Maeda, Wei-Yen Chen or Mike Leake, in such a class). Here are the contracts handed out to the other top tier starters thus far this offseason: David Price: Red Sox, seven years, $217 million (opt-out after third season). Zack Greinke: Diamondbacks, six years, $206.5 million. Jordan Zimmermann: Tigers, five years, $110 million. Jeff Samardzija: Giants, five years, $90 million. John Lackey: Cubs, two years, $32 million. Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, had told Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com that his client's first choice was to sign with the Red Sox. "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?'" Buster Olney of ESPN was first to report the agreement, with the Giants confirming it (thanks to Twitter):