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Reports: White Sox add pitcher Johnny Cueto on minor league deal

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Aug 25, 2021; New York City, New York, USA;  San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox added another rotation option Monday night, agreeing to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto, according to multiple media reports.

Cueto reportedly would make a prorated portion of a $4.2 million salary for any time he spends in the major leagues. MLB Network added that the deal gives Cueto an opt-out option as of May 15.

The White Sox were short a starter with right-hander Lance Lynn expected to undergo right knee surgery on Tuesday, a procedure that likely will sideline him for a month.

Cueto tweeted Monday night, “Much love to the fans of the San Francisco Giants. You guys are the best. I will miss you. (To) the amazing staff in SF … thanks for everything. Let’s get to work Chicago.”

Cueto, 36, is a two-time All-Star who is entering his 15th major league season. He broke in with the Reds in 2008 and remained in Cincinnati until he was traded to Kansas City in July 2015. Cueto went 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four postseason starts with the Royals that year, helping them win the World Series.

He then signed as a free agent with the Giants, and he pitched in San Francisco the past six years. Last season, Cueto went 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games (21 starts).

In 330 career games (329 starts), Cueto has a 135-97 record with a 3.45 ERA.

–Field Level Media