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

Friday November 13th, 2015

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

The 2015 MLB general managers’ meetings finished on Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels acquiring 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 last MLB news and rumors.

• Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus became the first player to accept a qualifying offer since the system was implemented four years ago, the team announced. Rasmus will make $15.8 million over the course of 2016.

• The San Diego Padres traded reliever Joaquin Benoit to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for righty Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward, the team announced on Thursday.

• The 2015 Silver Slugger Awards were announced on Thursday. The San Francisco Giants lead the way with three award recipients.

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• Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg underwent surgery in October to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back, agent Scott Boras told reporters on Wednesday.

• The Miami Marlins will not consult Jose Fernandez’s agent, Scott Boras, in the decision-making process to determine the pitcher’s workload for next season, team president David Samson said. Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery last season.

• Several big-name relief pitchers, including the San Diego Padres’ Craig Kimbrel and Cincinnati RedsAroldis Chapman, are available for trade, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

• The Kansas City Royals have contacted free agent relievers Darren O'Day and Tony Sipp, reports Rosenthal.

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