Mariners Bolster Staff, Get RHP Mike Leake From Cardinals

Esther Moore
August 31, 2017

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto didn't disclose how much money the Cardinals sent to Seattle in order to offset the $48 million Leake is due over the next three years, but called it "significant".

Leake, 29, was 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA over 154 innings with 103 strikeouts in 26 starts for St. Louis this season. With Felix Hernandez (shoulder) and James Paxton (pectoral) on the disabled list for Seattle, Leake should slide right into the rotation upon his arrival, perhaps making his team debut as early as the Mariners' weekend series with the Athletics. They trail the Cubs by five games heading into action Wednesday, and they are five and a half games out of the second wild card spot in the National League, trailing the Colorado Rockies.

Durability, however, might be Leake's best ability, particularly as he joins a Mariners rotation beset by injuries. The Mariners also acquired $750,000 in worldwide signing bonus allotment as part of the deal. "And anybody that can come in and get a little bit deeper in the ballgame for us but does have experience is really, really big". They previously traded for Marco Gonzales in July for minor leaguer Tyler O'Neill.

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.

Leake is under club control through 2020 with an $18 million mutual option for 2021. "It was a real consideration and a strong factor in what led us to doing this deal". He is expected to be assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) roster. The 21-year-old switch-hitter was batting.217 with 9 home runs and 44 RBI in 111 games with the Mariners' minor league affiliates.

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