By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We're almost a week into the new year and we still have a lack of clarity surrounding several big-name free agents in Major League Baseball. Things should clear up as the days dwindle down in advance of Spring Training, but until then, check out the latest MLB rumors and news below.
• Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard have filed a defamation lawsuit against Al Jazeera America after a report linked them to a doping ring.
• New York Mets vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta has left the team to join the NFL's Cleveland Browns as their chief strategy officer, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
• The Nationals have explored the trade market and are trying to acquire a catcher, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.