Friday November 18th, 2016

The off-season hot stove is starting to warm up with trade rumors and free agency decisions being made.

Yesterday's big news came out of the American League with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees making moves. The Astros signed outfielder Josh Reddick to a four-year, $52 million contract, and then completed a deal to acquire New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann in exchange for minor league pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. The Yankees have also emerged as players in the Derek Holland sweepstakes that already includes the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Keep up to date on the latest MLB news and rumors below:

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Friday

• The Kansas City Royals signed a two-year deal with catcher Drew Butera. He will receive a $3.8 million guarantee with $1.5 million for the 2017 season and $2.3 million in 2018, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star

• The Chicago Cubs announced the team claimed southpaw David Rollins off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

• The Texas Rangers have agreed to a $10 million, one-year deal with former Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

• The Astros are still interested in Rangers outfielder Carlos Beltran, despite recently agreeing to deals with catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

• The Red Sox are also interested in signing 39-year-old Beltran to replace David Ortiz, the Boston Herald reports. The Yankees are also reportedly interested in bringing Beltran back.

• The Blue Jays are shopping for lefthanded leadoff hitters who can contribute solid on-base percentages, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports. Free-agent Dexter Fowler and White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton are among their options.

• Multiple teams have inquired about trading for Brewers righthanded pitcher Junior Guerra, Morosi reports.

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