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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for December 23, 2015

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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Good morning baseball fans.

Tuesday's major move was made by the Cardinals, who decided to sign free agent starter Mike Leake to a five-year deal:

The deal, which is pending a physical, will be for $80 million and includes a mutual option for a sixth season, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Leake's deal can max out at $93-94 million over six seasons if the option is exercised, according to a source. It also includes a full no-trade clause.

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:

Freddy Sanchez officially announced his retirement Monday.

Cleveland signed Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal:

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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