Report: Yankees have found a potential trading partner for Brian McCann

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees GM Brian Cashman has identified a potential trade partner for catcher Brian McCann. Catching prospect Gary Sanchez broke out with the Yankees in the final two months of the season and will be the starting catcher going forward, making McCann expendable.

McCann, 32, has two years and $34 million reamining on his contract as well as a $15 million club option for the 2019 season. He had an average season in 2016, batting .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances.

The Braves and Astros are two teams believed to have interest in McCann this offseason.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.