Originally posted on MLB.com | Last updated 1/4/23
The Padres, Marlins and Reds are vying for free-agent righty Johnny Cueto, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Although he didn’t debut until May 16, the 36-year-old had a strong season for the White Sox in 2022, recording a 3.35 ERA over 158 1/3 innings with his lowest FIP (3.79) since 2016.
The Padres lost starters Sean Manaea and Mike Clevinger to free agency this offseason, but secured their potential replacements when they re-signed Nick Martinez and struck a deal with Seth Lugo. With Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell also in the fold, either Martinez or Lugo would likely open 2023 in the bullpen if the Padres add Cueto.
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