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NL West: Cueto likely to opt out of contract

Check out what’s going on in the National League West.

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Johnny Cueto is likely to opt out of his contract come the end of this year. And, you guessed it, the Giants aren’t interested in an extension because why would they be? Cueto is having a season to remember, so of course he’s going to opt out and see what offers he can field. He’s also not planning on listening to any extension offers, even if San Francisco caves.

Earlier this year, Cueto indicated he’d like to return to the American League. This would leave the Giants with a pretty gaping void at the top of their rotation. While they’d be saving a lot on the backend of Cueto’s contract, is that really worth it considering they now have to hunt high and low for a starter of his caliber that’s also cheaper? That’s also a lot of added stress to the farm system to produce a pitcher of that quality. If he were to go, the energy Cueto brings to San Francisco will be greatly missed.

Here’s what other news is going down in the National League West: