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Tuesday's major move was made by the Cardinals, who decided to sign free agent starter Mike Leake to a five-year deal:
Los Angeles is interested in Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers might be in the best financial position to sign him.
Alex Gordon could be headed back to Kansas City, but the White Sox have reportedly expressed interest in the free agent outfielder.
While he might not be the big name outfielder the Mets had been hoping for, the club signed Alejandro De Aza to a one-year deal Tuesday afternoon:
De Aza, 31, batted .262/.333/.422 to complement seven home runs and 35 RBIs over 114 clubs with three clubs in 2015. His WAR has decreased in each of the last four seasons, although he has had a notable amount of success against right-handed pitchers.
Now that they signed Mike Leake, the Cardinals are out on Scott Kazmir:
nats, orioles, royals among teams looking at scott kazmir. cards, with leake, are out now.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 23, 2015
Freddy Sanchez officially announced his retirement Monday.
Cleveland signed Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal:
ross detwiler agrees to indians minors deal. $1M in majors.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 22, 2015
The Yankees are currently shopping Ivan Nova.
Miami is asking for more in a Jose Fernandez deal:
From the Red Sox,Miami asked for Mookie Betts, top prospect Yoan Moncada, Eduardo Rodriguez, Christian Vazquez and "another pitcher." They had asked the Diamondbacks for much of what would eventually land them Shelby Miller, plus a whole lot more, but it's that Miller deal that now has their Fernandez expectations set even higher. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins have raised the price for Fernandez after seeing what Miller brought back, and he was already impossibly expensive in the first place.
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Today in Baseball History: On this day in 2001, the Rangers signed free agent Chan Ho Park to a five-year, $65 million deal.