A deal in which the Royals were set to acquire Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto for prospects fell through Saturday night, according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.
Rosenthal reported that one of the Royals’ prospects in the proposed deal wasn’t cleared medically, which sidetracked the potential acquisition by the Royals of a front-end starter and certain upgrade to the rotation.
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Before the game, another Reds starter, Michael Lorenzen, went to warm up and told Cueto he was being traded, according to MLB.com Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon.
Cueto reportedly wasn’t thrilled with the way he found out about the near trade, but he didn’t let that affect his performance.
Instead, Cueto went out and tossed eight shutout innings at Colorado on Saturday night. Cueto scatteredg four hits and a walk with five strikeouts at Colorado. He is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts this season.
It’s unclear what Royals prospects might have been involved in the deal.