Wednesday December 23rd, 2015

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

As the end of the year approaches, rumors continue to swirl around both the trade block and free-agent market.

Check out the latest MLB news and rumors below.

• The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with free-agent righty Mike Leake, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

• The New York Mets have signed outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a one-year, $4.5 million deal, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney.

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• The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

• The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that have expressed interest in free-agent outfielder Alex Gordon, reports Rosenthal.

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• The New York Yankees are looking to trade starting pitcher Ivan Nova, according to the New York Post.

Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will no longer be a part of Fox Sports’ MLB broadcast package, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

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