What Jeff Passan is hearing about MLB free agency, trade rumors and latest offseason buzz

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Now that MLB players have filed for free agency and teams have elected to make a few qualifying offers — or not — some developments are starting to take shape as the offseason kicks into high gear. Teams are making plans, and from there, trades and transactions are sure to follow.

With baseball’s front-office chieftains headed to Scottsdale for the general managers meetings next week in Scottsdale, Arizona, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan is starting to find that some teams are already getting active in their pursuit of deals with free agents and considering trades among themselves.

Here’s what he’s hearing:

First, one team is already in pursuit of free agent Josh Donaldson, with the Rangers making inquiries:

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The Texas Rangers have expressed interest in Josh Donaldson as they head into an offseason in which they have money to spend. The Rangers are making third base and starting pitching a priority, and Donaldson is coming off a phenomenal season with Atlanta.

Jeff Passan, ESPN1h ago

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