Franklin Gutierrez on Friday reiterated his desire to return to playing next season.
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Gutierrez decided in February to take all of the 2014 season off as he focuses on his health. The outfielder averaged just 58 games played per season from 2011-13 due to a variety of health issues and over the winter was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. He'll turn 32 next February and will surely have to settle for a minor league deal next offseason.
Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com reports that Manny Ramirez is receiving interest from "several" major league teams.
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There have been reports that he could catch on with an independent league team, but Links says Manny is only considering a minor league deal or signing with a Japanese club. Slated to turn 42 next month, Ramirez spent last year in China and briefly at Triple-A with the Rangers before being released.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) has not yet begun negotiating with any teams.
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He's expected to begin fielding offers sometime next week. Some clubs, Rosenthal notes, have requested Hanrahan's medicals. The veteran reliever reportedly looked good during a showcase on Thursday in front of nearly 20 clubs, topping out at 93 mph. Hanrahan should pick a team before the end of the month but will need more time before he's big league-ready.