The Houston Astros Should NOT Trade for Johnny Cueto

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The Cost is too Much

Jul 1, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) is congratulated by manager

Bryan Price

after the Reds defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-1 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the most obvious argument against trading any of the Astros coveted talent away for Cueto is that he is not under contract for next year and will likely command upwards of $20 million a season for 5-6 years.  That’s a lot of money for anyone, but it’s the going rate for big time arms these days.  Is he really the guy you want to dump your cash on in the offseason?  If your answer is yes, great.  That doesn’t mean that Johnny Cueto will say yes to Houston, come the offseason.

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I’m all for giving up high-end talent for a knockout puncher, but Randy Johnson he is not.  Johnny Cueto is certainly an upgrade over other options and would make the team an instant championship contender.  However, the Athletics were championship contenders last year after acquiring Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija, and they won nothing.  I say look elsewhere or focus on the absolute best fit for your club.

Houston needs to take advantage of its best shots because you never know when you’ll get another one.  I argue that Cueto not only doesn’t give you that best shot this year but is also not a solution until after 2015.

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