The top tier of free agent starting pitching is officially off the market.  The San Francisco Giants have signed free agent starting pitcher Johnny Cueto to a 6-Year, $130 million contract.

This exceeded the Arizona Diamondbacks original offer for Cueto of 6-Years, $120 million.

Prior to 2015 Johnny Cueto was largely regarded as the best National League Starting pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw. And even while his 2015 numbers fell off a little, his 3.44 era in 212 innings is still elite. With that in mind, the Giants may have gotten a “deal” as compared to the Zack Greinke contract.

The San Francisco Giants are now a force to be reckoned with. They also recently signed Jeff Samardzija to combine with Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, and Matt Cain.

Between the Giants and Diamondbacks new starting rotations, 2016 will be a difficult year for the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the NL West.

 

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