MLB Insider: 3 teams in the running for pitcher Johnny Cueto (free agent)

These three teams could be in the running to sign pitcher Johnny Cueto.

Pitcher Johnny Cueto is attracting interest from the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cincinnati Reds are also interested.

Cueto, 37 in February, is among the top pitchers who haven’t signed, with right-hander Michael Wacha being another. He is coming off a season with the Chicago White Sox in which he posted a 3.35 ERA and a 102/33 strikeout/strikeout ratio in 158.1 innings. In his 15-year career, he produced a 3.44 ERA and 1,812/619 strikeouts and rush ratio, while being considered a Cy Young in three of those years. seasons.

Padres would like to add another starting pitcher

Even after signing Seth Lugo, the Padres are still looking for a starting pitcher. They plan to use Lugo in a similar role to Nick Martinez last season, where he appears in both starts and relief, and the belief is that the Padres have been looking for another inning eater in the rotation. Cueto isn’t the only pitcher the Padres are considering, though it’s unclear exactly how much money President of Baseball Operations AJ Preller can add to the 2023 payroll.

Marlins could make big changes with pitching staff

The Marlins have had numerous conversations with teams about trading one of their starting pitchers in hopes of improving the roster, sources say. Adding Cueto would give the Marlins rotation certainty in 2023 before pulling the trigger on such a trade.

Will Johnny Cueto find the Reds?

Cueto spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Reds, so a return to Cincinnati would have nostalgic value for both parties. But Cueto’s ability to limit home runs, and his low 5.1% walk rate, would prove invaluable at the spacious Great American Ball Park. It’s unclear how much room the Reds have after signing Wil Myers, but Cueto could prove a valuable asset at the trade deadline.

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