Marlins and Johnny Cueto agree to one-year, $8.5 million deal

The Miami Marlins agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2024 with right-hander Johnny Cueto on Tuesday, a source told MLB.com. Including severance, the deal is worth $8.5 million guaranteed, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The club has not confirmed.

The Dominican, who will turn 37 on February 15, rebounded last year with the White Sox, with whom he posted a 3.35 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 25 games (24 starts) over 158.1 innings.

However, he allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and ranked in the lowest percentiles in xBA (16th), strikeout percentage (8th), hit rate (3rd) and speed on his fastball (11th), according to Statcast. He only gave up 1.9 walks per nine innings.

The addition of Corps could allow the Marlins to trade some of their “spare” starting pitchers for more offense.

 

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