We could soon get answers to important offseason questions like “where is Johnny Cueto going to sign?,” “what will the Giants do with all their money?,” and “will Cueto regret turning down six years and $120+ million from the Diamondbacks?” And, by the way, on that last one: how’d you like to do some mental gymnastics and think about how different this offseason could have looked if he’d accepted that deal?
In any case, the above is all referencing the latest from Ken Rosenthal, who reports that the Giants are “making a strong push” for Cueto, who remains the top free agent pitcher on the market, even as his market and contract value have been a little difficult to discern.
Having already added Jeff Samardzija, the Giants stand poised to improve dramatically on their biggest weakness from 2015. At times, the team’s rotation looked horrible behind Madison Bumgarner, but with Samardzija and Cueto in the fold, the near-term upgrade would be significant. Their run of alternating year World Series wins could be held intact.
The Giants could also probably stand to add a bat in the outfield, though that market remains quiet, besides the Cubs’ Jason Heyward signing.
UPDATE: There’s a deal:
Sources: Johnny Cueto has an agreement with the Giants, pending a physical.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 14, 2015