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Chicago Cubs: Starting rotation help could come from the Bay

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Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) talks with pitching coach Chris Bosio (25) in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) talks with pitching coach Chris Bosio (25) in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Johnny Cueto – Free agent 2021, opt-out following 2017: 5-6, 4.57 ERA, 86 Ks, 86 2/3 IP

If there’s one pitcher that is sure to be in high-demand around baseball, it’s Cueto. He would also make sense for the Cubs.

Cueto represents an upgrade for a potential playoff push and headlines the staff with Jon Lester for the next several seasons.  Signed prior to 2016 for six-years, $130 million, Cueto stands to make $21 million per year between 2017 and 2021, and can opt-out following the World Series.

Any trade involving the ace would likely revolve around Cueto’s agreement not to exercise that opt-out. Cueto (5-6, 4.57 ERA) has not exhibited strong numbers which could potentially influence a trade in the Cubs favor. He’s also pitched with a blister that has limited his delivery.

Considering the fact the Giants signed Cueto expecting him to frontline their rotation for years, it’s going to take a premium to acquire him. However, the Giants might have to foot a chunk of the bill themselves considering his salary.

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