Monday November 16th, 2015

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The 2015 MLB general managers’ meetings finished with a relative bang last week as the Los Angeles Angels acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons and a minor league catcher from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for shortstop Erick Aybar, Los Angeles’ two top pitching prospects and cash.

Check out the latest MLB news and rumors below.

• Atlanta is exploring a trade that would involve first baseman Freddie Freeman, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

• The Philadelphia Phillies announced they have acquired pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

• The New York Mets have expressed interest in Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

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• The Mets also reached out to free agent Ben Zobrist, and would like him to replace Daniel Murphy at second base, report Kevin Davidoff and Dan Martin of the New York Post.

• The Kansas City Royals plan to pursue outfielder Gerardo Parra if Alex Gordon doesn’t re-sign with the team in free agency, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

• The New York Yankees plan to target pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Wei-Yin Chen in free agency, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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• The San Francisco Giants are trying to sign shortstop Brandon Crawford to a long-term extension this off-season, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.

• The Chicago Cubs announced plans to launch their own cable network in 2020.

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