MLB Hot Stove Tracker: Free agency, trades, rumors & news

The regular season is long gone, and the Kansas City Royals have been crowned World Series champions.

And now the fun really begins.

Which free agents are going to break the bank? Which big-name stars are being dangled in trade talks? Which teams are looking to buy, and which are looking to rebuild?

We’re tracking all of it, with help from our insiders Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi. Follow all of their tweets and all of the hottest industry buzz right here.

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The latest:

MONDAY, NOV. 30

● (6:30 p.m. ET): The Braves are bringing back RP Jim Johnson on a one-year deal, reportedly worth $2.5 million. Johnson began last season in Atlanta but was traded to the Dodgers in July.

● (4:25 p.m. ET): The Tigers and free-agent SP Jordan Zimmermann have finalized a five-year deal. Full story

● (4:24 p.m. ET): The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with free-agent C Brayan Pena.

● (12:25 p.m. ET): The Red Sox are in agreement with OF Chris Young on a multi-year contract pending a physical, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal gives Boston protection in outfield with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo still unproven and gives team ability to trade an outfielder. Full story

● (10:49 a.m. ET): The Red Sox are shopping IF/OF Hanley Ramirez, according to The Boston Globe. Full story

SUNDAY, NOV. 29

● (10:00 p.m. ET): Free-agent SP Johnny Cueto rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks, MLB.com reports. Full story

● (11:45 p.m. ET): While FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the five-year, $110 million contract Jordan Zimmerman is finalizing with the Tigers could negatively impact the amount of money other free-agent starters will bring in, fellow Insider Jon Paul Morosi confirms reports a report that Johnny Cueto rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from Arizona.

● (12:30 p.m. ET): Free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist is the Mets’ No. 1 target sources tell FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal. The Nationals are also interested along with the Braves and Giants. The Royals likely can’t offer as much money as other suitors.

● (12:28 p.m. ET): The Tigers are finalizing a five-year deal with SP Jordan Zimmermann worth $110 million according to major-league sources.

● (12:49 a.m. ET): The Tigers are in serious discussions with free-agent SP Jordan Zimmermann, major-league sources tell FOX Sports MLB Insiders Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Full story

SATURDAY, NOV. 28

● (2:55 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reports the Blue Jays’ agreeing to a deal for free-agent SP J.A. Happ means Toronto does not plan to re-sign free-agent SP David Price. Full story

FRIDAY, NOV. 27

● (7:42 p.m. ET): The Blue Jays agreed with free-agent SP J.A. Happ on a three-year, $36 million contract. Full story

● (12:22 p.m. ET): The Red Sox plan to outbid other teams by $30 million to $40 million for free-agent SP David Price, Peter Gammons reports. Full story

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

● (8:04 p.m. ET): The San Francisco Chronicle speculates that the A’s could trade IF Brett Lawrie after acquiring IF Jed Lowrie on Wednesday. Full story

● (4:25 p.m. ET): The Braves agree to a one-year deal with free-agent SP Bud Norris. Full story

● (2:33 p.m. ET): The Cubs acquire RP Rex Brothers from the Rockies in exchange for minor-league SP/RP Wander Cabrera. Full story

● (11:24 a.m. ET): The Pirates acquire SP Allen Webster from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations. Full story

● (11:18 a.m. ET): The White Sox sign free-agent C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Full story

 (11:01 a.m. ET): The A’s have acquired IF Jed Lowrie from the Astros, MLB.com reports. Full story

● (9:57 a.m. ET): Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez might seek a trade this offseason, CBS Sports reports. Full story

TUESDAY, NOV. 24

● (10:16 p.m. ET): Free-agent C Geovany Soto agrees to a one-year contract with the Angels.

● (6:48 p.m. ET): The Mariners are working on a trade to acquire OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, ESPN reports.

● (4:27 p.m. ET): The Braves agree to minor-league deals with free-agent RP David Carpenter, free-agent C Ryan Lavarnway and free-agent IF Reid Brignac. 

● (3:00 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Giants are now among the teams showing interest in free-agent SP John Lackey.

● (10:15 a.m. ET): Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto spoke with one of 2B Robinson Cano’s representatives Monday and was assured Cano isn’t unhappy in Seattle, MLB.com reports. Full story

MONDAY, NOV. 23

● (7:00 p.m. ET): The Mariners sign free-agent C Chris Iannetta to a one-year deal that includes a vesting team option for 2017. Full story

● (3:23 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi explains why at least one second- or third-tier free-agent SP could sign before David Price or Zack Greinke. Full story

● (3:00 p.m. ET): The Angels aren’t ruling out a pursuit of free-agent RF Jason Heyward, report FOX Sports’ JP Morosi and Ken Rosenthal.

 (2:35 p.m. ET): Amid rumors that 2B Robinson Cano wants out of Seattle and would like to return to the Yankees, the Mariners’ retweeted a video of Cano preparing for next season — with an "@Mariners" reference. Full story

● (1:00 p.m. ET): Dodgers officially name Padres bench coach Dave Roberts their new manager manager. Full story

SUNDAY, NOV. 22

● (4:30 p.m. ET): Ken Rosenthal’s latest column: Yankees’ self-imposed financial restrictions force them to move OF Brett Gardner and/or RP Andrew Miller … Tigers made an offer to RP Joakim Soria before trading for RP Francisco Rodriguez. Detroit also inquired about Nationals RPs Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen, both are likely to be moved. The Nats have interested in RPs Darren O’Day and Aroldis Chapman … Rangers highest priority is finding a starter to replace Yovani Gallardo.

SATURDAY, NOV. 21

● (1:46 p.m. ET): The Giants are prepared to make a serious run at free-agent SP Zack Greinke, CBS Sports reports. Full story

● (1:14 p.m. ET): The Dodgers have made free-agent SP Jordan Zimmermann one of their top targets, USA Today reports. Los Angeles also remains interested in re-signing free-agent SP Zack Greinke, according to USA Today.

 (12:05 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reports the Orioles have had talks with the Reds about RF Jay Bruce.

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

 (8:12 p.m. ET): The Athletics have acquired RP Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays for SP/RP Jesse Chavez. Full story

● (7:30 p.m. ET): The Rockies designate RP John Axford, C/1B Wilin Rosario, RP Rex Brothers and RP Tommy Kahnle for assignment. Full story

● (5:20 p.m. ET): The Cubs acquire RP Spencer Patton from the Rangers in exchange for minor-league IF Frandy Delarosa.

● (5:00 p.m. ET): The Tigers acquire CF Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for RP Ian Krol and minor-league RP Gabe Speier. Full story

● (3:48 p.m. ET): The A’s officially announce their one-year, $6 million deal with free-agent SP Rich Hill. Full story

● (12:46 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Mariners have acquired IF Luis Sardinas from the Brewers. UPDATE: Rosenthal reports OF Ramon Flores will go to Milwaukee in the deal. Full story

● (12:14 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reports the Cardinals have expressed interest in free-agent IF/OF Chris Davis. Full story

● (11:54 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi speculates free-agent SP David Price might not end up with the Cubs. Full story

● (9:57 a.m. ET): The Yankees and Cubs have discussed a trade that would send SS/2B Starlin Castro to New York in exchange for OF Brett Gardner, the New York Daily News reports.

THURSDAY, NOV. 19

● (3:20 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Cardinals, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers are among the teams that have checked in on free-agent SP John Lackey.

● (3:20 p.m. ET): The Astros announce they have acquired minor-league SP Cy Sneed from the Brewers in exchange for IF Jonathan Villar.

● (11:13 a.m. ET): Free-agent SP Jeff Samardzija had dinner Wednesday with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, MLB.com reports.

● (1:45 a.m. ET): Sources tell FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi that the Indians are shopping starting pitching in an effort to obtain at least two outfielders, and are talking with some of the biggest of the big-market clubs in baseball.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18

● (1:08 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the White Sox sign free-agent OF Scott Hairston to a minor-league contract.

● (11:42 a.m. ET): The Tigers acquire RP Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers, as first reported by CBS Sports. Full story

TUESDAY, NOV. 17

● (9:36 p.m. ET): Free-agent SP Rich Hill agrees to a one-year, $6 million deal with the A’s, Yahoo Sports reports.

● (7:28 p.m. ET): Angels sign free-agent IF Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $3.75 million deal. Full story.

● (6:20 p.m. ET): Giants sign their Gold Glove SS Brandon Crawford to a six-year, $75 million deal. Full story.

● (2:10 p.m. ET): Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez tells MLB Network Radio that 1B Freddie Freeman will not be traded this offseason. Full story

● (1:50 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports Red Sox DH David Ortiz will retire after the 2016 season — a decision that could affect the team’s plans in free agency and trades this offseason. Full story

MONDAY, NOV. 16

● (10:51 p.m. ET): Free-agent SP Mark Buehrle will either pitch for the Cardinals in 2016 or he will retire, the Toronto Sun reports. Full story

● (6:13 p.m. ET): Mariners acquire Rangers OF Leonys Martin. Rangers receive RP Tom Wilhelmsen and OF James Jones. Mariners also receive RP Anthony Bass in the deal. Full story.

SATURDAY, NOV. 14

● (3:17 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reports the Phillies acquire SP Jeremy Hellickson from the Diamondbacks for minor-league SP Sam McWilliams. Full story

FRIDAY, NOV. 13

● (8:31 p.m. ET): The Red Sox acquire RP Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for prospects, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports. Full story

● (5:05 p.m. ET): Astros OF Colby Rasmus, Orioles C Matt Wieters and Dodgers SP Brett Anderson are the only free agents who accept their quaifying offers. The other 17 players who received qualifying offers remain free agents. Full story

● (5:02 p.m. ET): Free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson accepts his qualifying offer from the Dodgers, ESPN reports. Full story

● (4:56 p.m. ET): Free-agent SP Yovani Gallardo declines his qualifying offer from the Rangers, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

● (4:34 p.m. ET): Free-agent Marco Estrada agrees to a 2-year deal to return to the Blue Jays, ESPN reports. Full story

● (3:41 p.m. ET): Free-agent 1B and free-agent SP Wei-Yin Chen decline their qualifying offers from the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

 (3:00 p.m. ET): Free-agent C Matt Wieters accepts the Orioles’ qualifying offer, CBS Sports reports. Full story

● (2:14 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports free-agent SP Ian Kennedy will reject the Padres’ qualifying offer. Full story

● (12:21 p.m. ET): Colby Rasmus officially accepts the Astros’ qualifying offer, keeping him with the team for 2016 on a $15.8 million salary. Full story

● (11:01 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal explains how free-agent SP Ian Kennedy can accept the Padres’ qualifying offer — and then get traded. Full story

THURSDAY, NOV. 12

● (6:42 p.m. ET): Braves trade SS Andrelton Simmons and C prospect Jose Briceno to Angels for SS Erick Aybar and two top pitching prospects, LHP Sean Newcomb and RHP Chris Ellis. The Angels will also send $2.5M cash to Atlanta in the deal. Full story.

● (6:18 p.m. ET): Free-agent OF Colby Rasmus will accept the Astros’ qualifying offer — becoming the first major leaguer ever to accept a qualifying offer — FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports. Full story

● (5:13 p.m. ET): Reds RP Aroldis Chapman could be traded by the end of the weekend, Peter Gammons reports. Full story

● (1:26 p.m. ET): The Mariners announce they have acquired RP Joaquin Benoit from the Padres in exchange for minor-league RHP Enyel De Los Santos and minor-league IF Nelson Ward. Full story.

● (9:18 a.m. ET): The Mets have interest in Braves SS Andrelton Simmons but were told it would take SP Jacob deGrom or SP Matt Harvey to land him, the New York Post reports.

● (1:41 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal explains why free-agent OF Jason Heyward could land a $200 million deal. Full story

● (12:19 a.m. ET): The Braves are listening to clubs interested in dealing for SS Andrelton Simmons, according to multiple reports. However, the team’s website reports no deal appears imminent.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11

● (10:02 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi discusses how the loss of SP Lance Lynn will affect the Cardinals’ free-agent strategy. Full story

● (9:12 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Blue Jays are talking with free-agent SP Marco Estrada about a multi-year contract. Full story

● (9:00 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi reports the Mariners could look to deal from their surplus of left-handed pitching. Full story

● (6:22 p.m. ET): The Mariners announce they have re-signed free-agent OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year deal.

● (6:21 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski is re-signing with the Braves for one year, reportedly at $3 million.

(2:02 p.m. ET): The Yankees acquire OF Aaron Hicks from the Twins for C John Ryan Murphy. Full story

● (1:20 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Braves are aggressively shopping OFs Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, and Cameron Maybin, though Braves GM John Coppolella denies that is case with Maybin. Full story

 (1:15 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Reds and Diamondbacks are discussing a deal for 2B Brandon Phillips. Full story

● (1:11 p.m. ET): The Yankees trade minor-league IF Jose Pirela to the Padres for minor-league SP Ronald Herrera. Full story

● (2:42 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal explains why several free agents actually might accept their qualifying offers. Full story

● (2:13 a.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Jon Paul Morosi explains why free-agent OF Gerardo Parra would be a good fit with the Mariners. Full story

TUESDAY, NOV. 10

● (7:30 p.m. ET): FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Reds are willing to trade RP Aroldis Chapman, RF Jay Bruce and perhaps others. Full story

● (3:27 p.m. ET): Echoing comments made by GM Brian Cashman recently, Yankees manager Joe Girardi says trades are possible this offseason — perhaps even involving New York’s relievers. Full story

MONDAY, NOV. 9

● (8:15 p.m. ET): Yankees GM Brian Cashman says no one on the team is guaranteed a rotation spot. Full story

● (10:57 a.m. ET): The Twins win the bidding for negotiating rights to Korean 1B Byung Ho Park. Full story

SATURDAY, NOV. 7

● (2:53 p.m. ET): The Rockies have had internal talks about signing Mets postseason star Daniel Murphy to a free-agent contract, sources told FOX Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. Full story

FRIDAY, NOV. 6

● (5:15 p.m. ET): The Padres extend qualifying offers to OF Justin Upton and RHP Ian Kennedy. Full story

● (5:11 p.m. ET): The Cubs give CF Dexter Fowler a qualifying offer. Full story

● (5:08 p.m. ET): The Rangers extend a qualifying offer to RHP Yovani Gallardo. Full story

● (5:04 p.m. ET): The Nationals give qualifying offers to SS Ian Desmond and RHP Jordan Zimmermann. Full story

● (4:35 p.m. ET): The Mariners extend a qualifying offer to RHP Hisashi Iwakuma.

● (4:01 p.m. ET): The Dodgers give RHP Zack Greinke, LHP Brett Anderson and 2B Howie Kendrick qualifying offers.

● (3:46 p.m. ET): The Astros make a qualifying offer to OF Colby Rasmus.

● (3:44 p.m. ET): The Orioles make qualifying offers to C Matt Wieters, 1B Chris Davis and LHP Wei-Yin Chen. Full story

● (3:31 p.m. ET): The Mets extend a qualifying offer to 2B Daniel Murphy. Full story

● (3:32 p.m. ET): The Angels do not make a qualifying offer to 3B David Freese and decline their 2016 option on OF David DeJesus. Full story

● (2:07 p.m. ET): The White Sox make a qualifying offer to RHP Jeff Samardzija. Full story

● (12:57 p.m. ET): The Blue Jays extend a qualifying offer to RHP Marco Estrada.

● (11:22 a.m. ET): The Cardinals extend qualifying offers to OF Jason Heyward and RHP John Lackey. Full story

THURSDAY, NOV. 5

● (9:36 p.m. ET): Seattle and Tampa complete six-player deal that sends IF Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison and RP Danny Farquhar to Rays for SP Nathan Karns, RP C.J. Riefenhauser and minor-league OF Boog Powell. Full story

● (4:17 p.m. ET): Los Angeles Dodgers RP J.P. Howell exercises his player option for the 2016 season.

● (4:02 p.m. ET): The Kansas City Royals exercise their 2016 options on RP Wade Davis and SS Alcides Escobar, but decline their option on OF Jonny Gomes. Full story

● (9:54 a.m. ET): Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane told Peter Gammons that he doesn’t expect to trade RHP Sonny Gray or OF Josh Reddick this offseason. Full story.

● (1:02 a.m. ET): The San Francisco Giants have declined their 2016 contract options on outfielders Nori Aoki ($5.5 million) and Marlon Byrd ($8 milliion).

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4

● (8:22 p.m. ET): The San Diego Padres have declined to exercise their $7.5 million option on left-hander Cory Luebke, who has had two reconstructive elbow operations since 2012.

● (7:18 p.m. ET): Alex Gordon has declined his 2016 option with the Kansas City Royals. Full story

● (5:11 p.m. ET): The Los Angeles Angels decline their 2016 option on OF David Murphy.

● (3:52 p.m. ET): The Cleveland Indians decline their 2016 option on OF Ryan Raburn.

● (2:22 p.m. ET): The Chicago White Sox decline their 2016 option on SS Alexei Ramirez. Full story

● (1:04 p.m. ET): The Kansas City Royals decline their mutual options on RF Alex Rios and RHP Jeremy Guthrie. Full story

● (12:14 p.m. ET): The Milwaukee Brewers exercise their 2016 option on 1B Adam Lind.

● (9:49 a.m ET): Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke officially has opted out of his contract, the Los Angeles Times first reported. Full story

TUESDAY, NOV. 3

● (2:13 p.m. ET): The Boston Red Sox pick up their 2016 option on RHP Clay Buchholz. Full story

● (1:24 p.m. ET): The Toronto Blue Jays pick up their 2016 options on RF Jose Bautista, 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion and SP R.A. Dickey. Full story

● (3:53 a.m. ET): The Mets aren’t expected to re-sign OF Yoenis Cespedes, who could be too pricey for them on the free-agent market, ESPN reports. Full story

● (3:53 a.m. ET): Free-agent 2B Daniel Murphy tells MLB.com that he’d like to return to the New York Mets, with whom he has spent his entire major-league career. Full story

MONDAY, NOV. 2

● (8:38 p.m. ET): With the World Series in the books, 139 players officially become free agents. Among the biggest names: LHP David Price, OF Yoenis Cespedes, IF/OF Ben Zobrist, RHP Johnny Cueto and OF Jason Heyward. Full story

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