Rumor roundup: Frazier trade talks heat up
Monday saw yet another big-ticket pitcher find his 2016 home as Johnny Cueto went off the market, agreeing on a six-year, $130 million deal with the Giants.
But while Cueto dominated much of the headlines, it was far from the only activity around the big leagues. Here's a look at some of the other top developments simmering on the Hot Stove:
Frazier trade buzz growing
Trade talks surrounding Reds third baseman Todd Frazier are reportedly gaining steam, according to a CBSSports.com report.
The White Sox, Indians, Royals, Dodgers, Nationals, Angels and Rangers are among the clubs linked to Frazier. The rebuilding Reds have several trade assets that are rumored to be on the block, including Frazier and outfielder Jay Bruce.
Frazier is entering his sixth year with Cincinnati. He batted .255/.309/.498 with 35 home runs last season, earning his second consecutive All-Star Game nod.
Three teams pursuing Gallardo
With Cueto headed west to San Francisco, the next pitcher off the board may be right-hander Yovani Gallardo. The Orioles, Astros and Royals are reportedly in the running to acquire the 29-year-old veteran, per SB Nation.
A second-round selection by the Brewers in the 2004 Draft, Gallardo spent the first eight years of his career with Milwaukee before being dealt to Texas last offseason. He went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA over 33 starts in 2015.
The Rangers extended a qualifying offer to Gallardo last month, so any team that signs him will have to surrender a Draft pick.
Orioles make offer to Kim
Baltimore emerged late Monday as a potential landing spot for Korean outfielder Hyun-Soo Kim, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The report indicates the O's have extended a two-year deal valued at $3 million to $4 million per season. Kim, who turns 28 in January, has reportedly drawn interest from several clubs this winter.
Kim has spent nine seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization with the Doosan Bears. He's coming off a strong 2015 campaign in which he batted .326/.438/.541, setting career-best marks for home runs (28), RBIs (121) and runs scored (103).
Gee joins Royals on Minors deal
Kansas City has reportedly come to terms on a Minor League deal with right-hander Dillon Gee, according to CBSSports.com.
Gee, 29, began last season as the Mets' Opening Day starter, going 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA before landing on the disabled list with a groin injury. He was designated for assignment in June and eventually finished out the year with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Gee pitched in parts of six seasons with the Mets, going 40-37 overall with a 4.03 ERA.