MLB rumors: Latest news from the off-season on free agency and more

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The MLB off-season officially began following the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory over the New York Mets. With no more baseball to be played until Spring Training, teams will place their full focus on filling vacant managerial positions and making decisions on free agents.

Check out the latest MLB news and rumors below.

• The Chicago White Sox announced they have declined the 2016 option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez, making him a free agent. 

• Kirk Gibson will interview for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ open managerial position, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

• The Kansas City Royals announced they have declined the 2016 options for pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and outfielder Alex Rios.

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• New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson collapsed while speaking with reporters on Wednesday morning, reports Leonard Greene of the New York Daily News. Alderson was reportedly lightheaded after skipping breakfast, and is now fine.

• The San Francisco Giants announced they have declined the 2016 options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd.

• The Washington Nationals announced they have hired pitching coach Mike Maddux.

• A judge ruled in favor of the Baltimore Orioles in their television rights dispute with the Washington Nationals, according to court documents released Wednesday.

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