Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed the offer and reported that Cueto wants to explore his options in free agency.
The Diamondbacks, who finished 2015 with a 79–83 record and a 4.37 starting ERA, are seeking to add a starting pitcher in the $15 million to $18 million range annually, Rosenthal reports.
Cueto had played his entire eight-year career for the Cincinnati Reds before being traded to the Kansas City Royals at last season’s trade deadline. He pitched for a 5.40 ERA in four postseason starts for the World Series winners, highlighted by his two-hit complete game in Game 2 of the Series.
Cueto, 29, was an All Star in 2014, when he threw a league-leading 243.2 innings for a 2.25 ERA. He had a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts for the Reds in 2015 before being traded to Kansas City, where he finished the season with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts.
- Erin Flynn