The baseball season is near. We finished the Super Bowl and the teams are getting ready for the spring training. The pitchers and receivers will report to Florida or Arizona in a few days, but we still have a lot of big names on the board of independent players, including superstar sluggers Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

That means we have a good supply of hot stoves in early February. To give you an idea of ​​what is happening this Sunday, we are here to gather all the notable rumors about free trade and agencies. As always, our free agent tracking tool is a great way to keep abreast of what has already happened on this front.

Let's finish the activity of the day here.

Serious giants about Harper, interested in a short-term deal

The San Francisco Giants are serious about Harper because they are considering making a short-term bid and a lot of money, but the club is not interested in giving it a long-term contract inspired by the Proposed $ 300 Million Over 10 Years That He Rejected Washington Nighters, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

More from Nightengale:

The Giants plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term contract, but have no intention of providing a long-term deal that is close to the $ 300 million 10-year deal Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September .

The Giants, who had not engaged in any dialogue with Harper until last week, had spent the winter listening to their veterans' commercial offerings, while spending only $ 9 million on free acquisitions. Their mission, when hiring Farhan Zaidi as president of baseball operations, was to train a younger and sportier team for the future.

Giants recently joined the contest Bryce Harper Larry Baer, ​​President and CEO, Farhan Zaidi, President, and Bruce Bochy, Executive Director, flew to meet with Harper in Las Vegas.

Harper would provide the Giants with the power they've been looking for for a long time. The club has not participated in the playoffs since 2016 and earlier this off season seemed closer to a full-fledged build instead of looking for a stand-alone superstar player. CBS Sports Dayn Perry recently gave us Five reasons why an agreement between Giants and Harper could take place.

The pirates sign an agreement with Cabrera in the minor leagues

The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran fighter Melky Cabrera have accepted a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Cabrera will have a chance to earn $ 2 million plus bonuses in the majors, according to Fancred is Jon Heyman.

Last season, Cabrera played 78 games with the Cleveland Indians, batting .280 with six homers and 39 RBIs. In the last three years, the 34-year-old has reduced by 0.289 / 0.334 / 0.335. In 2012, Cabrera received a Suspension of 50 games for the use of performance enhancing drugs.

For Pirates, it is a low risk signature, likely to become a veteran player and / or a bat. Pittsburgh recently signed Lonnie Chisenhall (plus minor leagues J.B. Shuck and Patrick Kivlehan) while the club is still trying to determine his field for next season. The Pirates will be deprived of Gregory Polanco, one of their beginners championships, to open the season because it is still recovering from a shoulder surgery he underwent last September.