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

The latest news and rumors from the MLB off-season.
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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’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’s Greg Johns.