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Rangers agree to minor league deal with two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto

ARLINGTON, Texas — The search for pitching depth never ends.

On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers agreed to minor league deal with two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Dallas Morning News. Jon Heyman of MLB Network first reported the agreement.

The Rangers did not immediately comment on the deal.

Cueto, 38, last pitched for the Miami Marlins in 2023. His season was disrupted by an arm injury in his first start that forced him to miss three months. Cueto ended the year 1-4 with a 6.02 ERA in 13 appearances (10 starts).

Both Rangers manager Bruce Bochy and GM Chris Young are familiar with Cueto. He was Young’s teammate for part of the 2015 season with Kansas City. He then pitched three years for Bochy in San Francisco.

The Rangers are hoping to start getting reinforcements for the starting rotation, perhaps before mid-May, but extra depth doesn’t hurt. And the allure of landing with a team with a chance to compete for a playoff run is likely attractive to Cueto.

Cueto did not spend spring training with a major league club, so it’s uncertain how ready he would be to pitch in games. If he were to go to Triple-A Round Rock, he might end up as part of a very veteran rotation, at least in the short term. Max Scherzer is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the Express on Wednesday. Scherzer is expected to throw about 50 pitches on Wednesday. It’s possible Scherzer could make as few as two rehab starts and join the Rangers for a doubleheader on May 8 at Oakland. Another possibility would be for him to make a third start and join the Rangers for the start of their series against Cleveland on May 13 in Arlington.

The Rangers also expect for Tyler Mahle to return in July and for Jacob deGrom, now throwing at 90 feet, to return sometime in August.

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