After offseason ranching, Cueto back with new-look Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Johnny Cueto’s offseason included time tending to cows, chickens and goats on his 500-acre ranch back home in the Dominican Republic. And it included a decision to stay with the San Francisco Giants rather than opt out of his contract and give up $89 million in guaranteed money to become a free agent again.

The 31-year-old right-hander missed 1 months last season with blister-like tenderness in his fingers and a forearm strain, and finished 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts. That was a huge drop from 2016, when he went 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA in his first season after signing a $130 million, six-year deal with San Francisco.”I never told them anything. They were just thinking that I was going to stay,...