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Royals add the Ace they needed with Cueto

Johnny Cueto will be a true ace on a rotation that ranks last in the league in innings per start.

Johnny Cueto is a true ace being added to a rotation that ranks last in the league in innings per start.

Johnny Cueto will take off his red hat and put on a blue one as he was finally traded the Kansas City Royals after over a month of speculation that he would be going there.

Especially with the fall of young flamethrower Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals have been searching desperately for a true No. 1 starter to lead their troubled rotation. Cueto may not have been an All-Star for his Reds but he has certainly been one of the best pitchers in the league this season, sporting a 2.62 ERA with 120 strikeouts and a 0.93 WHIP in 130.2 innings pitched.

The Royals certainly sent a big haul to the Reds. For Cueto’s arm the Reds acquired three left-handed pitchers, including Brandon Finnegan, who played a major role out of the bullpen in the Royals’ run to the World Series last year.

Finnegan appeared in seven postseason games for the Royals after helping lead the TCU Horned Frogs to the College World Series earlier in the summer. Outside being shelled in an 11-4 loss in the World Series, Finnegan was spectacular, pitching five innings, allowing only two runs and striking out four batters. This year he has a 2.96 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24.1 innings of work. He will certainly be a major piece in the Reds bullpen.

John Lamb, a 25-year-old more than ready to be a in the majors, and prospect Cody Reed were also part of the package deal for Cueto.

With the 29-year-old Cueto, the Royals put themselves in a great position to not only maintain their AL-best record but also a position to get back to the World Series.

The Royals have mostly been able to win because of their dominant bullpen but by adding Cueto, an innings-eater and true ace, the Royals hope they will be able to give their relief pitchers another days rest. The Royals starters were last in innings per start at just 5.5 an outing. They also ranked 11th with a 4.30 ERA and 13th with a 6.1 K/9.

Cueto finished second in Cy Young voting only to the historicly great Clayton Kershaw in 2014 with a 20-9 record and 2.24 ERA.

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