Roy­als ac­quire Cueto from Reds

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Kansas City Roy­als have ac­quired ace right-han­der Johnny Cueto in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, bol­ster­ing their chances of re­turn­ing to the World Se­ries.

The Roy­als be­gan the day with the best record in the Amer­i­can League. Now they add Cueto to a ro­ta­tion that lost Jason Var­gas to a sea­son-end­ing el­bow in­jury last week. The scuf­fling Reds re­ceived left-han­ders Bran­don Fin­negan, John Lamb and Cody Reed in Sun­day’s deal. Fin­negan was Kansas City’s first-round pick in last year’s draft.

Cueto, who is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the sea­son, was one of the top starters on the mar­ket. He pitched eight score­less in­nings in Cincinnati’s 5-2 vic­tory at Colorado on Satur­day. He won 20 games last sea­son and is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this year.

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