Cueto Marlins’ deal sees him earn $17.5m for 2 years

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Johnny Cueto’s contract with the Miami Marlins sees him earn up to $17.5 million over two seasons.

The 36-year-old is guaranteed $8.5 million as part of the deal finalized on Thursday. The deal calls for a $6 million salary in 2023 and includes a $10.5 million team option for 2024 with a $2.5 million buyout.

Cueto can earn up to $250,000 each season in performance bonuses: $50,000 for 25 starts, $75,000 for 28 and $125,000 for 32, and $50,000 for 50 relief appearances, $75,000 for 55 and $125,000 for 60.

He gets a hotel suite on road trips.

Cueto has joined a rotation that includes NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Trevor Rogers, Edward Cabrera, Braxton Garrett and Jesus Luzardo.

Cueto was 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 24 starts and a relief appearance with the Chicago White Sox last season. He was All-Star in 2014 with Cincinnati, finishing second in NL Cy Young voting, and he was All-Star again in 2016 with San Francisco. He won a World Series with Kansas City in 2015.

Born in San Pedro de Macoris, Cueto’ has a career 3.44 ERA, third lowest among Dominican pitchers behind Juan Marichal (2.89) and Pedro Martinez (2.93).


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