All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Nov. 26

Left-hander Jose Mijares is now a free agent.
Left-hander Jose Mijares is now a free agent. (USATSI)

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Tuesday's headlines were dominated by the Hall of Fame. The BBWAA released their 2014 ballot and Deadspin.com managed to buy a vote from a member. Voting results will be released on Jan. 8.

For the day's hot stove news, the first place to go is Jon Heyman's blog. He has updates on C Jarrod Saltalamacchia , 3B Chase Headley , OF Nelson Cruz , the Minnesota Twins ' search for pitching and the New York Mets ' pursuit of outfielders. They called the Milwaukee Brewers about OF Ryan Braun . Now here's a round up of the rest of the day's news.

TRADES

Chicago Cubs : Acquired C George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. He's the favorite to back up C Welington Castillo at this point.

SIGNINGS

Pittsburgh Pirates : Signed both RHP Cody Eppley and C Nevin Ashley to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training, the team announced.

ROSTER CUTS

LHP Jose Mijares : Outrighted off the 40-man roster by the San Francisco Giants to clear a roster spot for fellow LHP Javier Lopez , whose three-year contract is official. Mijares elected free agency. (Mercury News)

Cincinnati Reds : Designated OF Derrick Robinson for assignment. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for UTIL Skip Schumaker , whose two-year contract is not official. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

RUMORS & SPECULATION

Miami Marlins : Discussed 1B Mike Napoli internally. He is a South Florida native, but it's hard to think Miami will field a competitive offer given all the interest around the league. (Fox Sports)

Baltimore Orioles : Consider 2B Mark Ellis an option, but they've yet to reach out to him. Baltimore needs a second baseman now that Brian Roberts ' contract is expired. (MASNSports.com)

Tampa Bay Rays : Have interest in 1B Mitch Moreland . The Texas Rangers could make their incumbent first baseman available in a trade now that they've acquired Prince Fielder . (New York Daily News)

Reds: Have interest in OF Carlos Beltran . The AL figures to be a better fit for the 36-year-old with bad knees, but Cincinnati would give Beltran a good chance at a World Series title. (Primera Hora)

Twins: One of five teams with interest in C Dioner Navarro . Joe Mauer is moving to first base full-time starting next season, so the club needs a replacement catcher. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

New York Yankees : Met with representatives for 2B Robinson Cano . It's unclear if the two sides made any progress, but there is said to be a substantial gap in contract talks.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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