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Orioles leading Yovani Gallardo field in early stages

The market for the right-hander is still developing.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Orioles are showing the most early interest in free-agent starter Yovani Gallardo, according to a source familiar with the process. Gallardo's market is said to be still developing, and will likely pick up once pitchers like Mike Leake and Johnny Cueto sign.

Gallardo is also drawing interest from the Astros, according to reports, and has been linked to the Diamondbacks throughout the offseason. Arizona is unlikely to make another starting pitching addition after they acquired Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, but Houston could jump in and make a strong play for Gallardo.

The Dodgers met with Gallardo's representatives in Nashville but are not expected to pursue the right-hander. Los Angeles may sign another starting pitcher, with Cueto being one possibility.

Gallardo is thought to be looking for a 4-year deal on the open market, and Baltimore would likely be a strong contender if the team fails to re-sign Chris Davis and decides to spend its money elsewhere. The Orioles are unlikely to re-sign Wei-Yin Chen, causing a vacancy in their rotation.