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Johnny Cueto's stint with the SF Giants has come to an end
Nov 10, 2021, 4:14:00 AM

Johnny Cueto's stint with the SF Giants has come to an end

After six years with the San Francisco Giants, Johnny Cueto has parted ways with the team. The Giants did not pick up his option for a seventh season worth $22 million and they’re also buying him out for $5 million. The pitcher is now a free agent in the market.

Cueto was a solid Giants player for a long while but his struggles with injuries and inconsistency were tough obstacles for the team. The 2021 season was a microcosm of this issue because he had a brilliant start to the campaign but he got injured. For the rest of the season, Cueto never recovered as he had a slow performance.

Back in the 2016 season, Cueto was a legit ace for the Giants. He made the All-Star game, finished sixth in the Cy Young Award voting and he even had some votes in the MVP race. It was a brilliant campaign for Cueto but that was the peak level for the pitcher. His injuries and inconsistencies were too much for the Giants to handle as they didn’t want to deal with his contract anymore.

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Cueto will remain a Giants favourite

In San Francisco, Cueto had an impact on the fan base. Whenever he played, he performed with energy and he fed off the fans’ support. Unfortunately, his right elbow issues made fans forget about his stellar campaign in 2016. He showed some flashes of dominance early in the 2021 season but it wasn’t enough to convince the Giants to keep him.

Cueto himself was already aware that his spot on the Giants squad was in trouble in October 2021. He said, ‘The only thing I know is that I love playing baseball. I have to get mentally ready for what’s going to come next. I am still young. I have a brand new arm, so I want to continue playing baseball’.

Cueto is not the only starter from the 2021 squad to leave the Giants since he’s joined by Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani, and Alex Wood. They will be missed in the Giants fan base but the front office wanted to go in a different direction.

Cueto will land on his feet on another team

It will be interesting to see where Cueto ends up because he is confident that he can come back stronger. He is 35 years of age but he still feels young. He has played for the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, and the Giants in his career.

He can serve as a key veteran on any championship contender as he’s looking to succeed. The Giants were a strong squad when he was with them but he has to fight for a role elsewhere. Knowing Cueto, he always lands on his feet.

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Words: Cholo Martin

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