By Justin Lee, Chat Sports
We’re just over three weeks into the MLB off-season, and the news wire is already stacked with breaking stories, trade rumblings and free agent rumors.
Check out the latest MLB news and rumors below.
• Current Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach and former MLB slugger Mark McGwire will be named the new bench coach for the San Diego Padres, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
• The Seattle Mariners are working on a trade for Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
• Colorado Rockies outfielder Jose Reyes is pleading not guilty to charges of spousal abuse.
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• Major League Baseball closing in on a deal to stage the first ever MLB game in Europe, reports Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph.
• The San Francisco Giants have registered interest in veteran free-agent righty John Lackey, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
• The Los Angeles Angels signed free-agent catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year deal worth $2.8 million, reports MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez.
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• Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto refuted reports claiming that second baseman Robinson Cano is unhappy in Seattle and would like to return to New York, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns.