Here are the latest on MLB rumors, possible trade talks and free agency transactions.
It's that time of year again where major league baseball's free agency will spark a lot of rumors and a lot of deals in teams hopes that a player will bring them one step closer to a championship.
Nine players have received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams, and a total of 166 players have filed for free agency.
The majority of deals are expected to take place during next month's in Orlando, Fla. As the league's general manager meetings have come and gone, teams are trying to scramble in identifying players that will help their teams in the future.
Here is the latest news and rumors from around the league.
Rumors and News
• The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as "a dark horse candidate" for free-agent outfielder J.D. Martinez. (FanRag Sports)
• The New York Mets and Detroit Tigers have had "preliminary discussions" regarding a trade that would send second baseman Ian Kinsler to New York (MLB.com)
• Jake Arrieta is receiving interested from the Milwaukee Brewers. (MLB.com)
• The Philadelphia Phillies designate 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Mark Appel for assignment.