At this desired price tag, Chen is unlikely to return to the O's. The Cardinals were linked to the left-hander early in the offseason, but recent indications are the Cards will stay away from high-priced free agents.
Rays to deal from rotation?
The Rays are rumored to have a number of starting pitchers who could be available, and they reportedly have discussed potential trades with the Dodgers and Rockies, although nothing seemed imminent.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Rockies have talked to the Rays, and a source told MLB.com the Rays have emerged as "a sleeper" for a potential deal with Colorado in return for outfield help.
Sipp deal a blueprint for Bastardo Antonio Bastardo is said to be looking for a contract similar to the three-year, $18 million pact that fellow left-handed reliever Tony Sipp signed with the Astros last week, according to ESPN.com.
Bastardo, 30, is two years younger than Sipp, and the two have produced at a similar clip in recent seasons. Bastardo is second only to Aroldis Chapman among lefty relievers with 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings (minimum 200 innings pitched) since 2011.
Though Bastardo's name hasn't appeared often in rumors this offseason, he remains one of the best relievers available in free agency. He's been linked to the Twins and Tigers, though there are a number of clubs in the market for relief help, including the Blue Jays, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers and Mariners.
Span showcase on deck
Free-agent outfielder Denard Span will be available next month for workouts with interested teams, according to an ESPN.com report citing Span's agent, Boras.
Span, who had hip surgery in September, will be working out for clubs to prove he is healthy. The Mets, Orioles, Royals, Giants and Padres are said to be fits for the outfielder.
During last week's Winter Meetings, Boras told reporters that Span is looking for a multiyear contract and would not be interested in serving in a platoon role.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.