Rumor roundup: Outfielders generating buzz

Tigers look into Raburn reunion; Rockies in Parra pursuit

Rumor roundup: Outfielders generating buzz

The week got off to a busy start on the Hot Stove, as the Cardinals agreed to a deal with South Korean relief pitcher Seung Hwan Oh and rumors swirled on Major League Baseball's rumor mill.

Here's a look at some of the latest rumblings floating around the big leagues:

Tigers in need of outfielder
The Tigers have discussed a number of free agents who can play the outfield, including Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Chris Davis, Dexter Fowler and Ian Desmond, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who notes that finances play a large role in those decisions.

The Tigers could also be moving toward a platoon in left field, as the club is in talks with veteran Ryan Raburn about a potential reunion in Detroit, reports's Jason Beck.

Raburn, 34, spent his first seven big league seasons with the Tigers and has played for the Indians the last three years. He hit .325 against left-handers over 176 plate appearances last season.

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Rockies in mix for Parra
Gerardo Parra could soon make a decision on where to sign, and the Rockies are one of three clubs in close pursuit of the free-agent outfielder, reports's Thomas Harding.

It's unclear at this point which other teams are in the running to sign Parra, who is said to be seeking a three- or four-year contract. The Angels have been linked to the veteran throughout the offseason, but they are not one of the finalsts, according to the Orange County Register.

Parra, who can play all three outfield positions, has won two Gold Glove Awards and is a career .277 hitter over seven big league seasons. He split time with the Brewers and Orioles in 2015, hitting a combined .291 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs.

Rockies interested in Parra

Two Cuban prospects declared free agents
One of the most intriguing prospects in international scouting circles, Cuba's Lazaro Robersy Armenteros Arango, also known as "Lazarito," was declared a free agent by MLB, reports's Jesse Sanchez.

The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Royals are all in the mix for Armenteros, a 16-year-old outfielder.

His countryman Randy Arozarena, 20, has also been declared a free agent, according to Baseball America. The infielder/outfielder will reportedly hold a showcase Jan. 22 in Mexico.

Both players will be subject to the international signing guidelines because of their age and experience and will be eligible to sign with a team starting Feb. 10.

Marlins interested in Francoeur
The Marlins are looking into a couple of right-handed hitters, including veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur, according to Heyman.

Francoeur, who turned 32 last week, hit .258 with 13 home runs in 119 games with the Phillies in 2015.

Francoeur's solo homer

The Marlins have five outfielders on their 25-man roster in Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Ichiro Suzuki, Cole Gillespie and Marcell Ozuna, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since last summer.

O's have Floyd on radar
The Orioles are discussing the possibility of inviting right-hander Gavin Floyd to mini-camp for a tryout, reports's Adam Berry.

Floyd has been limited by injuries to 21 appearances (14 starts) over the last three seasons, though he's posted a 3.33 ERA in limited action. He made seven relief appearances for the Indians last season.

The O's have previously used mini-camp to host tryouts and extend Spring Training invitations.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.