After New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman traded away catcher Brian McCann to the Houston Astros on Thursday, the team all of a sudden had a sizable opening at their disposal in terms of the DH spot for 2017. Never one to sit tight on an obvious situation, the Yanks appear poised to reel in a big-catch replacement for McCann at DH as they reportedly are talking to the agents for Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion to fill that gap. Encarnacion in particular has become a major target of attention for Cashman as proposals were exchanged late Thursday night but nothing appears imminent. Still with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles both in on Trumbo and Encarnacion, a signing there by the Yanks would be a big blow to their AL East rivals. Meanwhile the Yankees also are not discounting a reunion with Carlos Beltran but that will come only if they happen to lose out on Trumbo or Encarnacion.