It's that time of year again where major league baseball's free agency will spark a lot of rumors and a lot of deals in teams hopes that a player will bring them one step closer to a championship.
Nine players have received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams, and a total of 166 players have filed for free agency.
The majority of deals are expected to take place during the Baseball Winter Meetings on Dec. 10–14 in Orlando, Florida. As the league's general manager meetings wind down, teams are already scrambling to identify players that will help their teams in the future.
Here is the latest news and rumors from around the league.
Rumors and News
• Slugger J.D. Martinez is asking for a seven–year, $210 million contract. (USA Today)
• Free–agent Lucas Duda is sought after by the Red Sox, Angels and Mariners (New York Post)
• No talks have started concerning Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and his no-trade clause. (New York Post)