Josh Hamilton is one of the top free agents this offseason. (Keith Allison/Creative Commons)

Free agency is officially underway in Major League Baseball. The Pirates probably won’t make a big splash, but could add depth at some point this offseason. Here are a few links to get you started on this year’s ‘Hot Stove’:

- Many teams made qualifying offers to their top free agents. If the player rejects the offer and signs somewhere else, the team receives a compensation draft pick.

- Dan Haren was reportedly involved in a deal that would have sent him to the Cubs in exchange for Carlos Marmol. However, the proposed trade was called off. The Angels then declined Haren’s option, and he’s now a free agent.

- David Ortiz is close to signing a new two-year deal with the Red Sox.

- Video: MLB.com’s Jim Duquette breaks down the top free agents.

- Dave Schoenfield of ESPN.com takes a look at the top 10 storylines of the offseason.

- Stay up-to-date with MLB.com’s Hot Stove Tracker.

- You can predict where players will land with MLB.com’s Free Agent Frenzy.

Around the League:
- Major League Baseball donated $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
- The Astros unveiled their new uniforms.
- The Marlins hired Mike Redmond to be their new manager.
- The Dodgers may hire Mark McGwire to be their hitting coach.

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