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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reds Trade Johnny Cueto to Royals For Three Left-handed Pitchers


The Reds pulled the trigger on a trade involving home-grown ace Johnny Cueto.

Cueto will pitch for reigning American League champions the Kansas City Royals.

The Reds get three left-handed pitchers in return for the pitcher who was 92-63 in a Reds' uniform.

Branden Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed come to the Reds.

Cueto will return to Cincinnati when the Royals come to Great American Ball Park August 18 and 19. If he continues on his five-day program, he would start against the Reds on the 19th.

"It was a little crazy for me with all the rumors," Cueto said through Brayan Pena on Fox Sports Ohio. }Now I can concentrate on what I have to do. The toughest part is saying goodbye to all of my teammates. I have been with them for a long time."

Brandon Finnegan is the key. He worked out of the bullpen as part of the Royals playoff  run last year. He was the Royals top pick(17th overall) in the 2014 draft out of Texas Christian University.
The 22-year old native of Fort Worth, Texas is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA, working out of the bullpen this year for Kanass City in 14 games.

Finnegan started the season with Double A Northwest Arkansas where he made three starts with an 0-1 record with a 2.77 ERA.  He was promoted to Triple A Omaha where he made four starts and is 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA.

He made his Major League debut with the Royals against the New York Yankees on September 6. He pitched two innings, no runs on two hits. He struck out two.

Finnegan and Lamb will go to Louisville. The Bats will put him in the starting rotation.


Lamb, 25, was the Royals fifth round pick out of Laguna Hills High School in 2008. He had surgery in 2011.  Lamb was 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts at Omaha.

Cody Reed will go from Double A Northwest Arkansas to the Reds' Double A team in Pensacola.

Reed is 22-years old out of Horn Lake, Mississippi.  He was the Royals' second round pick in 2013.
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Reed was 5-5 with a 2.14 ERA in 10 starts at High A Wilmington. He was promoted to NW Arkansas and was 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five starts.

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