Mike Leake trade details, new pitcher arrives

by Leon Thompson August 31, 2017, 0:53
Mike Leake trade details, new pitcher arrives

Leake will provide much-needed help to a starting rotation decimated by injuries in the middle of a push for a playoff spot.

The Mariners have acquired nine-year veteran starting pitcher Mike Leake from St. Louis.

Leake was traded to Seattle on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. He has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $17 million next season, $16 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. There is also a mutual option in play for the 2022 season which would earn Leake a $5 million buyout if the Mariners chose to cut ties with the veteran starting pitcher. The Mariners (66-67) are three games out of the second wild-card spot in the American League and the Cardinals (66-65) are 5 1/2 games out in the NL wild-card race.

This trade was pretty slick for Jerry Dipoto. Leake is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA for the season, but since the break is 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA in nine starts since July 14. "As one of the most durable starters over most of the last decade, he'll be a valuable addition for not just the near future, but for seasons to come". After debuting in 2010, Leake has made 228 starts - the second most in the National League. "But the chance to acquire a guy that is going to be pitching his 30-year-old season next year and get some controllable pitching in the door with a history of durability like Mike has for us was a huge concern going into the offseason and something we were able to address in August".

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Ascanio, 21, was signed by the Mariners as an worldwide free agent in 2012 at age 16, and the slick-fielding infielder has compiled a career batting mark of.240 with 15 home runs and 158s RBI in 425 games at the minor-league level.

Seattle also acquires cash and worldwide slot money while sending 21-year-old middle infield prospect Rayder Ascanio to St. Louis. He has a career batting average of.240 with 15 home runs and 158 RBIs in 425 minor league games.

Mike Leake had been placed on waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals after experiencing a lot of struggles on the mound during the 2017 #MLB season.


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