Report: Brian McCann cleared waivers

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Yankees catcher Brian McCann cleared waivers, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. That means that the Yankees can now attempt to trade him to any interested team by the end of August.

As mentioned here, a team placing a player on waivers doesn’t necessarily mean anything — most teams will place a handful of players on waivers this month. The Yankees are rebuilding and placed McCann on waivers, likely hoping that another team would claim him and they could pass his remaining contract onto that team. Unsurprisingly, no one bit.

McCann is owed the remainder of his $17 million salary for the 2016 season and will earn $17 million annually through 2018. He has a club option worth $15 million in 2019 with no buyout. He has a no-trade clause, so he would have to approve any trade that the Yankees would make.

Heyman notes that the Braves showed interest in acquiring McCann ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. The club wanted McCann to be a veteran presence for an otherwise young team. But it’s unclear if the Braves would be willing to give the Yankees what they want in what is essentially a lost season.

McCann, 32, entered Sunday hitting .233/.330/.417 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI in 345 plate appearances.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.