The Arizona Diamondbacks have submitted free agent starting pitcher Johnny Cueto an offer, according to league sources.
Christopher Meola first mentioned the possibility of an offer being submitted.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported earlier that the Diamondbacks have met with Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon..
However, Cueto figures to be out of Arizona’s price range. Rosenthal adds that Cueto should land a contract worth more than $20 million per year, while the Diamondbacks are looking to spend roughly $15-18 million per year on a starting pitcher.
A pitcher that makes sense at that price range for the Diamondbacks is Mike Leake, who Arizona has significant interest in, as I reported earlier this month.
It is unclear if the Diamondbacks are close to anything, but it’s clear that they are prepared to upgrade their rotation and become a threat to make the playoffs in 2016.
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