Fantasy Baseball: Johnny Cueto Finds a New Home

Johnny Cueto

The Cincinnati Reds have sent their front of the rotation starter, Johnny Cueto, to the Kansas City Royals, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The Royals land a front of the rotation pitcher, something they haven’t had all season. The move comes less than 24 hours after a very impressing outing at Coors Field. Cueto went 8 innings, allowing only four hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. Shutting down a talented lineup in Colorado can be a challenge for any starter.

From a fantasy perspective, which is what most of us care about, Cueto should still be a fantasy ace. Cueto will have a very talented defense playing behind him, even with Alex Gordon out for most of the rest of the season. Cueto tends to be a fly ball pitcher and the switch to Kauffman Stadium should help him quite a bit. Great American Ballpark is a hitters paradise. ESPN’s Park Factor has it as number two in terms of runs scored and and third in terms of home runs.

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The switch to the American League will force Cueto to pitch to another hitter as opposed to facing the opposing pitcher. Between not having to deal with the trade talks and being thrown into a playoff race, Cueto should be focused and pitch well the rest of the season. If you don’t currently own him, a trade will be the only way for you to have him on your roster. He will be a guy I will target frequently in DFS. Cueto is the second starting pitcher to be moved this week. The Oakland A’s sent Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros. Cole Hamels could be the next ace to find a new home.

Stay tuned to for all the MLB trade news as the deadline approaches. We will break them down and tell you what it means for your fantasy baseball team.


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