San Francisco Giants: Top 5 free agent options to fill the rotation

By Gary Oversen
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Oct 28, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) reacts after throwing a complete game to defeat the New York Mets in game two of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Cueto – RHP

The Giants could easily get pulled into a bidding war for the services of Johnny Cueto. Another pitcher who would conceivably break the bank, but without as much fanfare as Price or Greinke. This is due to his most recent statistics after being traded to the Kansas City Royals.

His performance against the New York Mets in the World Series was outstanding, but prior to that he was just average with the Royals. But it was a new city, new league situation, so it could have been an aberration. And that is what most teams seem to be thinking.

As a member of the Cincinnati Reds, he posted a 92-63 record, with a 3.21 ERA. He was an All-Star in 2014 when he went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. He is not tied to a draft choice, so the team retains its pick.

As with the two previous, Cueto will most likely take in an average salary near Greinke and Price since he is younger at 29. He is also not tied to a draft pick as the two previous starters are. This one is a tough one to call, but he has a quality arm. Just like his former teammate…