Rumor roundup: Substantial interest in Leake

Rumor roundup: Substantial interest in Leake

The Winter Meetings concluded Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., but the Hot Stove continues to burn as many teams laid groundwork for potential trades and free-agent signings.

Here are some of Thursday's biggest rumors and rumblings:

Hot Stove Tracker

D-backs remain interested in Leake
Despite signing Zack Greinke and trading for Shelby Miller, the D-backs have interest in free-agent right-hander Mike Leake. D-backs general manager Dave Stewart and Leake's representatives met on Wednesday night, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.

The 28-year-old Leake would continue a massive rotation makeover for Arizona, which also has Patrick Corbin slotted in the rotation and several youngsters to potentially compete for the fifth spot. Leake is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA in 177 career games (172 starts) spanning six seasons.

The Giants and Cardinals are also reported to have interest.

Heyward sweepstakes nearing end?
Jason Heyward is the most sought-after free-agent position player remaining, and the outfield market should take off after the 26-year-old signs. The Cardinals (Heyward's 2015 team), Cubs, Nationals and Angels are reportedly the finalists, with Heyward having at least one offer at or more than $200 million on the table, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Heyward isn't necessarily looking for a 10-year deal, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, but rather an eight- or nine-year contract worth about $24 million per year.

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports the Halos aren't seriously involved with Heyward at this point but notes that thinking could change quickly.

Heyward is a .268/.359/.439 career hitter and three-time Gold Glove Award winner in six years with the Braves and Cardinals.

Davis-O's talks stall
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles offered Chris Davis a seven-year, $168 million deal, but that offer appears to be off the table, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

Davis, who is represented by Scott Boras, is said to be seeking a $200 million deal over eight years, according to Heyman.

Reds rumblings
The Reds still hold a couple of big trade chips in closer Aroldis Chapman and third baseman Todd Frazier.

The Royals, who have Mike Moustakas at the hot corner, have at least reached out to the Reds about Frazier, per Stark, who notes Kansas City would shift Frazier to left field to replace free agent Alex Gordon.

Frazier has two years of club control remaining and will earn $7.5 million next season, the second year of a two-year, $12 million contract.

As for Chapman, the Dodgers have reportedly moved on from negotiations involving the closer, while the Astros, who also have been linked to the flame-throwing lefty, would figure to be out after acquiring Ken Giles and re-signing Tony Sipp near the end of the Winter Meetings.

Braves still open for business
The Braves continue to draw interest from clubs regarding numerous players, no matter how long they've been with the organization. Rosenthal reports Atlanta already has fielded calls on outfielder Ender Inciarte, who was part of their haul for Miller.

Rosenthal reports the Cubs have called about Inciarte, while Stark tweets it appears the Braves are open to talking about an Inciarte flip.

Inciarte, 25, batted .303, posted a .747 OPS and 21 stolen bases in 132 games with Arizona in 2015. He is under club control until 2021.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.