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Royals acquire pitcher Johnny Cueto from Reds for three prospects

Royals acquire pitcher Johnny Cueto from Reds for three prospects

The Kansas City Royals strengthened their postseason aspirations Sunday by acquiring starting pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for three prospects. Kansas City, which has the best record in the American League, adds a legitimate ace to its pitching rotation in Cueto, who ranks 14th in the majors with a 2.62 earned-run average. Last year, he won 20 games for the Reds with a 2.25 ERA. The Royals are considered one of the top contenders for the World Series crown after losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 last year. However, their rotation took a blow last week when Jason Vargas suffered a season-ending elbow injury. Cueto, 29, is eligible...

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