Cardinals trade Mike Leake to the Mariners

Aug 31, 2017, 01:36
Cardinals trade Mike Leake to the Mariners

On Wednesday morning, the Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals for cash, global bonus pool money and minor leaguer infielder Rayder Ascanio.

Over 233 games (228 starts) during his eight-year Major League Baseball career, Mike Leake has an 8-0-76 record with a 4.02 ERA and 1.283 WHIP. He has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $17 million next season, $16 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. He has a mutual option for the 2022 season that includes a $5 million buyout if the team doesn't pick it up.

The Mariners entered Wednesday three games out of the final AL wild-card spot. It's also the second notable trade Seattle has made with St. Louis this season, as they picked up left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals for outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill last month.

The St. Louis Cardinals are five games behind the Chicago Cubs with 30 games to go in their regular season, but they may have just turned their attention to the future instead of the present thanks to a trade Wednesday.

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"This is as much about the next three, potentially four years as it's about this next four or five weeks", Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said. He started the 2017 season in fine form, sporting a 2.21 ERA with 48 strikeouts through his first 10 starts, but he's struggled of late, going 3-7 with a 6.94 ERA since July 5.

Help is on the way to the Mariners' injury-wracked starting rotation. After debuting in 2010, Leake has made 228 starts - the second most in the National League.

The deal fills an obvious need for starting pitching for Seattle.

The 21-year-old Ascanio was hitting a combined.217 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs between stops at Class A Modesto, Double-A Clinton and Triple-A Tacoma.

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