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Cueto and the Reds haven't made any progress on long-term contract talks. He has set an Opening Day deadline to reach an extension.So far there's been very little indication that the Reds are willing to pay the premium that it would likely take to land Cueto to a long-term deal. The market was set by Max Scherzer's monster deal with the Nats earlier this offseason.

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Cueto's $10 million option was exercised by the Reds on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Cueto is coming off a would-be MVP season if not for Clayton Kershaw. It's not surprising the Reds will exercise the team option to keep him on the club. The 2015 season is his last under contract with the Reds, and another good season could put him in line for a big contract when he hits the free agent market.

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Cueto tossed eight innings of one-run ball Tuesday, allowing just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts against the Brewers for his 19th win of the season.

He bounced back from perhaps his worst start of the season in his last start, and knocked the Brewers out of the playoff race in the process. Cueto won't win the National League Cy Young award due to the fact that he shares the league with Clayton Kershaw, but he'll have a chance to become the first Reds 20-game winner since Danny Jackson in 1988 when he takes the mound for Cincinnati's final game of the season Sunday against the Pirates.

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Cueto had perhaps his worst start of the season Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on six hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings against the Cubs.

The five walks set a season high, and the six earned runs tied a season high, so Cueto's owners would be correct in being astonished by the Reds' ace's performance Tuesday. He pitches again next Tuesday against Milwaukee and then is scheduled to pitch the Reds' final game of the season against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.

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Cueto (18-8) delivered yet another dominant outing Thursday against the Cardinals, striking out seven and allowing just three hits and a walk over eight shutout innings.

Cueto ended up on the winning end of a pitchers' duel with Lance Lynn, who went the distance for the Cards. Even with the presence of Clayton Kershaw, Cueto should be in serious consideration for the Cy Young Award; although Kershaw's rate stats are (amazingly) significantly better than Cueto's spectacular 2.15 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, Cueto has pitched an MLB-leading 222 innings (45 more than Kershaw). He'll look to keep making his case Tuesday against the Cubs.

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Cueto struck out eight and walked two while giving up one run on six hits over seven innings Saturday to pick up his 17th win of the season.

In a season where plenty has gone wrong for the Reds, Cueto's return as the team's ace has been a bright spot. He'll look for win No. 18 in his next start Thursday against the Cardinals.

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Cueto dropped to 15-8 on Tuesday, giving up three runs over 6.1 innings and striking out eight batters in the loss to the Cubs.

Cueto was victimized by home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara, while the Cubs staff held the Cincinnati offense to just three hits on the night. The right-hander has now taken losses in consecutive outings, but he's otherwise remained right behind the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in the race for the NL Cy Young award due to his sparkling 2.26 ERA.

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Cueto lasted just five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four batters before picking up his seventh loss (15-7) of the year in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

Wednesday's outing was a rare hiccup for Cueto, as this was the first time in 14 starts he allowed more than three earned runs in a game. With a 2.24 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 191:53 K:BB ratio in 192.2 innings pitched, Cueto is as good as they come. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Cubs.

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Cueto (15-3) pitched eight innings on Friday against the Rockies giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out six.

The night only seemed to get easier for Cueto as he cut down hitters pretty easily with the six strikeouts (106 pitches), while also getting hitters to go after his pitch. Cueto, who now leads the league in wins, takes the mound next on Tuesday in St. Louis.

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Cueto got to 14 wins on Sunday against the Marlins, holding them to two runs over eight innings, striking out nine while allowing five hits and two walks.

Both runs came on solo homers, by Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee. Jay Bruce robbed Stanton of another homer to save Cueto another run.