What we are saying about the Mike Leake signing: Craig reviews all of VEB's takes on Mike Leake, as well as updates the 40-man roster.
Cardinals going after Rockies outfielder? I sure hope not, I'm pretty happy with our set-up right now.
FSM airs Cardinals marathon on Christmas Eve! Fox Sports Network will be airing five games from the 2015 season today
Leake addresses shoplifting arrest: Sounds like it wasn't a big deal.
NL Central news
Pirates sign John Jaso: This is a good move by the Pirates. For $8M/2 years get a nice left-handed side of a platoon at first base with Micael Morse or Jason Rodgers as the right-handed side. He has a .285/,383/,458 line against right-handed pitching since 2012. Jaso has played very little first base in his career, but according to the Pirates he is "enthusiastic" about developing as a first basemen.
Cubs release Brendan Ryan: For those of you wondering when Ryan became a Cub, he was the player to be named later in the Castro trade. Thus his inclusion was really just about offsetting some of Castro's contract as he exercised his $1M player option with the Yankees.
Other Baseball news:
I just learned that the #Nationals have had dialogue with 2Bs Howie Kendrick and Daniel Murphy. Either one would be a great for the club.— William Ladson (@washingnats) December 23, 2015
It was reported the Nats were moving on from Brandon Phillips, so these moves make sense. Both come with draft pick compensation.
It's Christmas Eve, so I wouldn't expect too much in the way of Hot Stove news. Enjoy your Christmas VEB!