The off-season hot stove is warming up with trade rumors and free agency decisions being made, though transactions have slowed as the league focuses on the impending collective bargaining agreement deadline.
The league and the players' union must reach an agreement on a new CBA before the current one expires on Dec. 1 or risk a lockout. Talks reportedly warmed up on Tuesday night between both parties.
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One of the top free agents was taken off the market as outfielder Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the New York Mets. Relievers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are still available. In light of the CBA situation, when these players sign could become as intriguing a topic as where they sign.
Keep up to date on the latest MLB news and rumors below:
• The Colorado Rockies have some interest in bringing back former All-Star Matt Holliday as a first baseman for 2017, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
• The Rockies have also explored a reunion with Mark Reynolds, who hit .282 with 14 home runs last season, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.
• Edwin Encarnacion may soon follow Cespedes' lead and end his free agency by this week, his agent tells TSN's Rick Westhead. The Toronto Blue Jays were “showing Edwin the most love.” The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are also in the running, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
• The Philadelphia Phillies would like to hold onto catcher and unofficial coach A.J. Ellis in 2017, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark.