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. The league's general manager as set to meet this week.
Here is the latest news and rumors from around the league.
Rumors and News
• White Sox GM Rick Hahn says he has received inquiries about first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Avisail Garcia and haven't ruled out the possibility of a trade. (ESPN.com)
• Trade talks have revolved around Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler as the GM meetings get underway. (MLB.com)
The New York Yankees will interview San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for their vacant managerial job. (FanRag Sports)
• Free agent first baseman Carlos Santana has been shown interest by the Seattle Mariners, but no substantial talks between them have started. (MLB.com)
• The Giants are inquiring about Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton. (MLB Network)