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SAN FRANCISCO — Even after signing Jeff Samardzija to a large, long-term contract last week, the Giants had their eye on Johnny Cueto.

The 2014 World Series champions agreed Monday with the right-hander on a $130 million, six-year contract to add another top-tier starter.

"Johnny has always been, and rightly so, very high on our list … high on our short list," Giants GM Bobby Evans said. "He's somebody we've admired for a long time."

Cueto, 29, had a 3.44 ERA in 32 starts for the Red and Royals and made two strong postseason starts for Kansas City. He has a 3.30 ERA in 226 career starts and was second in the NL Cy Young voting in 2014.


RAYS: The team is finalizing a deal to sign LHP Dana Eveland to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training as it seeks to add pitching depth. Eveland, 32, had a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the Braves last year. He did better in stints at Triple A for the Red Sox, Orioles and Braves, posting a 1.95 ERA in 33 games.

CUBA TRIP: Cuban-born Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu will be among the major-leaguers making a four-day goodwill trip to the island starting today.


Leicester keeps rolling

Host Leicester beat stumbling champion Chelsea 2-1 in the Premier League, with goals by Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez keeping their team atop the standings by two points.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: The draw produced some familiar pairings with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.

EUROPA LEAGUE: Manchester United was paired with Danish champion Midtjylland in the round of 32.


Italy wins 2022 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup is headed to Italy for the first time, with the Marco Simone club in Rome chosen to host golf's biggest team event in 2022. Italy beat rival bids from Germany, Spain and Austria to secure hosting rights for the 44th edition of the biennial competition between Europe and the United States. It will be the third time the event is staged in continental Europe.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 12/14/15 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 9:13pm]
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