After the signing of veteran right-hander Zach Davies by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the starting pitching market appears to be heating up.
But speaking of Cueto, his market is reportedly moving.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, there are three teams that are in the mix for the veteran right-hander.
Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins are currently “vying” for the 36-year-old.
Cueto’s former squad, the Cincinnati Reds, also appear to be interested in a potential reunion.
Padres, Marlins vying for free-agent right-hander Johnny Cueto, sources tell @TheAthletic. Reds also interested.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 4, 2023
Cueto had a solid season with the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
He was signed late in spring training to plug a hole in the rotation when Lance Lynn went down with a torn meniscus.
In 25 appearances, 24 of which were starts, Cueto went 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA.
The right-hander made his debut with Cincinnati in 2008 and became the ace of the staff.
He was traded to the Kansas City Royals at the deadline in 2015 and was a key component in their run to their first World Series title since 1985.
Cueto also spent a few seasons with the San Francisco Giants.
The Padres are a team that has been very busy this offseason, having signed Xander Bogaerts to an 11-year, $280 million contract.
With Mike Clevinger now on the White Sox, there could be an opening for Cueto.
Miami is also an interesting possibility, and an elite pitching staff may be taking shape with Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez at the top.