MLB Free Agency: Roy Oswalt to Red Sox and the Day's Hottest Rumors

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

MLB Free Agency: Roy Oswalt to Red Sox and the Day's Hottest Rumors

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    The rumors never stop during baseball's offseason. There is always a new piece of news popping up, and players are constantly being connected to new teams.

    With a few top pitchers still available on the MLB free-agent market, there should be a lot of action in the near future. Teams are moving closer and closer towards deals.

    A new player entering the free-agent market has interested a number of teams with his potential to turn into a star.

Roy Oswalt to the Boston Red Sox

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    Roy Oswalt is one of the best players left on the free-agent market right now and teams' interest in him is beginning to pick up quickly.

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has reported that the Boston Red Sox have made an offer to Oswalt.

    They are not the only team that is interested in him, though. Joe Strauss of has noted that the St. Louis Cardinals have made an offer to Oswalt as well.

    However, Strauss believes that Oswalt will ultimately sign with the Texas Rangers.

Edwin Jackson to the Baltimore Orioles

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    The market for Edwin Jackson has not developed the way that Scott Boras had hoped for. Teams have not expressed that much interest in his client until now.

    Jackson could find his way to Baltimore next year, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. He says that the Orioles are considering offering Jackson a four-year deal.

    They will have competition for Jackson, as Jim Bowden has indicated that the Boston Red Sox have already made him an offer. The St. Louis Cardinals are also interested in Jackson, according to Jon Heyman.

Yoenis Cespedes Hits the Free-Agent Market

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    Yoenis Cespedes has gained residency in the Dominican Republic, and he has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

    A number of teams have watched Cespedes play, and Jim Bowden of believes that the Chicago Cubs are the most likely to sign him. He also notes that the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox are also in on Cespedes.

Luis Ayala Drawing a Lot of Interest

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    Good relievers are hard to find, so it should be no surprise that teams around MLB are interested in Luis Ayala after the season that he had with the New York Yankees last year.

    According to Alden Gonzalez of MLBlogs, there are a number of teams that have made formal offers to Ayala. Gonzalez lists the Los Angeles Angels as one of the teams that have made him an offer.

Jose Canseco Wants to Return to the Major Leagues

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    This is certainly the most out-there rumor that we will likely see all winter. According to Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times, Jose Canseco wants to make a comeback and play for the Oakland Athletics.

    Even at age 47, Canseco thinks that he can still play DH in the major leagues. He spent last season as a player/manager with the Yuma Scorpions of the North American Baseball League, and he hit just .256 with eight home runs in 237 at-bats.