The 2013 season just ended, but MLB general managers and clubhouses are already focusing on next year and beyond as they push for baseball's most coveted free agents.
With no shortage of big names on the market, news is generated daily between clubs who are looking to either hold onto a key player or make a splash by signing a star.
Here is the latest news surrounding some of the best free agents this offseason.
Fresh off a World Series with the Red Sox, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his club are in the midst of tense talks surrounding a new deal.
Who will start at catcher for Boston?
Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boston offered a two-year deal worth less than $10 million per year to the 28-year-old. Saltalamacchia is looking for a deal for three years, per Heyman.
The Red Sox certainly seem committed to keeping Salty around for two more years, but the sides aren't seeing eye to eye right off the bat. Meanwhile, per Heyman, the Red Sox are continuing talks with A.J. Pierzynski, Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz.
Boston enjoyed a spectacular season from backup catcher David Ross, who drove in the game-winning run in Game 5 of the World Series. It's safe to say that between him, Salty and the three free notable agents Boston is talking to, the Red Sox have plenty of options.
The recent buzz across the MLB revolved around Cardinals third baseman David Freese heading to the New York Yankees, per New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. But things have reversed on Thursday.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Freese-to-Yankees deal is unlikely:
New York is certainly looking to make a splash in the offseason after failing to reach the playoffs, and it's not a secret why they targeted Freese. Despite a down year in 2013, he's been a machine in October and the Yanks will need some of that if and when they make it back to the postseason.
However, it looks like the Yankees aren't willing to part with the assets necessary to make such a deal happen according to Rosenthal.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Chris Young
After establishing himself as one of baseball's best, Jacoby Ellsbury is a hot commodity in the free-agent market. That may leave the Red Sox licking their wounds.
ESPN Red Sox beat writer Gordon Edes reported the Sox want to re-sign the star but not for numbers reminiscent of Carl Crawford's $142 million deal that Boston recently forked over:
Sox would like to re-sign Ellsbury, but not at CC levels— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) November 13, 2013
With a handful of teams courting Ellsbury, it seems the Red Sox are already exploring replacement options. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Chris Young was in the mix in Boston:
Free agent Chris Young is on the #redsox list of fallback CF options if they don't re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 14, 2013
The 30-year-old Young is coming off his first season with the Oakland Athletics after seven seasons in Arizona. He hit just .200 in 107 games, along with 12 homers and 40 RBI.