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

December 21, 2015

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

MLB’s winter meetings may be over, but with several big-name free agents left on the market, there are still plenty of rumors floating around.

Check out the latest MLB news and rumors below.

• Several teams are interested in Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar. Despite the interest, the team is likely to keep Profar, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

• The Oakland Athletics are still trying to land pitcher Scott Kazmir, reports CSN Bay Area. Kazmir was an All-Star for the A’s in 2014.

• It seems like the Cincinnati Reds won’t be dealing second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Washington Nationals. CBS Sports reports Phillips wanted an extension if he was going to waive his no-trade clause, and the Nationals wouldn’t agree to that.

• With the Nationals out on Phillips, they could turn their attention to pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. reports the Nationals have Chen on their radar.

• The Reds tried to make a deal with the Indians, targeting Danny Salazar or Cody Allen in exchange for Todd Frazier, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Reds eventually dealt Frazier to the Chicago White Sox.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers were in the running to sign pitcher Johnny Cueto until the last few days, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Cueto ultimately signed with the San Francisco Giants.

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• Outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing interest from several teams as a short-term option. The Boston Globe reports the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are two teams with interest in Victorino.

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Bronson Arroyo missed all of last season with Tommy John surgery, but is now “perfectly fine,” reports Jayson Stark of ESPN. Several teams have reached out to Arroyo, including the Cincinnati Reds.

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