New York Post reporter Jon Heyman announced that the Miami Marlins have signed former Chicago White Sox pitcher Johnny Cueto. Cueto was a revelation for Chicago in 2022 where he posted his best season since 2016.
Cueto’s contract terms were later tweeted out as well. He is guaranteed to make $8.5 million over the next two years. Chicago signed Cueto at the end of spring training in 2022. Cueto landed in Chicago when Lance Lynn’s knee injury – in his final spring training start – required surgery. Lynn missed the first nine weeks of the season.
The veteran righty was unsigned and missed all of the spring training season. Cueto was signed to a one-year deal and, after a four-start stint in Triple-A Charlotte, made his debut on May 16 vs his former team, the Kansas City Royals. He was better than anyone could have hoped. Cueto made 24 starts and contributed 158.1 innings with a 3.35 ERA.
The White Sox discussed bringing back Cueto for the 2023 season and Cueto indicated he was interested in a return. However, Chicago acted quickly and early in free agency and signed Mike Clevinger. Clevinger pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2022 after missing all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery.
Cueto’s consistent performance and colorful personality quickly made him a fan favorite on the south side. Unfortunately, the 36-year-old’s stellar performance didn’t make enough of a difference in the standings for a team that was largely disappointing.