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Mike Leake | Starting Pitcher | #8

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (8) / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Cardinals signed RHP Mike Leake to a five-year, $80 million contract.
Leake's contract includes a full no-trade clause and a mutual sixth-year option. He just turned 28 in November. Last season, he posted a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio across 192 innings (30 starts) while splitting time between the Reds and Giants. Leake's not a strikeout machine, but he's registered ERAs south of 4.00 in four of his six major league seasons. Tue, Dec 22, 2015 03:11:00 PM

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MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Cardinals and free agent right-hander Mike Leake have agreed to a five-year contract, pending a physical.

Cotillo reports that the deal is worth $75 million while FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that it's for $80 million. Rosenthal adds that the contract includes a full no-trade clause. It will also likely include an option, per both reporters. While the 28-year-old right-hander's numbers might not leap off the stat sheet, Leake's a serviceable back-end starter. Last season, he held a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio across 192 innings (30 starts).
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 10:58:00 AM

MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo reports that the Cardinals are close to signing free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

Cotillo called the Cards a "strong contender" to sign Leake on Monday. His name had also been previously attached to the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Last season, Leake pitched to a 3.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 119/49 K/BB ratio in 30 starts (192 innings) between the Reds and Giants. It's been reported that he's looking for a deal in the neighborhood of five years, $70-80 million. He turned 28 in November.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 09:54:00 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that there's a "growing belief" Mike Leake will sign soon and that the Cardinals are a "strong contender" to land him.

The Cards are one of the clubs that's been connected to Leake for a while, and Cotillo says they're "thought of as the favorite." The right-hander seems to prefer to sign with his home state Diamondbacks, but it doesn't appear they have enough resources left after signing Zack Greinke and trading for Shelby Miller. Leake, who held a 3.70 ERA across 30 starts last season between the Reds and Giants, is looking for a five-year contract.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:02:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams still pursuing Mike Leake.

Leake makes his offseason home in Arizona and had strong interest in joining the Diamondbacks -- even proposing a hometown discount, according to reports -- but it sounds like the Snakes are content with their new-look starting rotation. Leake was also drawing interest from the Giants at one point, but they've signed Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto within the past 10 days. Leake, 28, is thought to be looking for a five-year contract in the $70-80 million range. He had a 3.70 ERA in 30 starts between Cincinnati and San Francisco in 2015.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Mike Leake would be willing to take significantly less money to play in his hometown with the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks chief operating officer Tony LaRussa said that it's unlikely the team will sign the right-hander, though they have been interested. The Nationals have also seemingly cooled on Leake, leaving the Giants perhaps as the most likely destination.
Source: FOX Sports
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:25:00 PM

MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports that the Diamondbacks "made another pass" at Mike Leake on Wednesday night.

Gilbert says Arizona "couldn't quite make it work," but there is obviously still interest. Leake is thought to be looking for a five-year contract in the $75-80 million range, and he's been connected to other teams like the Cardinals, Giants, and Nationals. The 28-year-old right-hander had a 3.70 ERA in 30 starts between Cincinnati and San Francisco in 2015. Arizona has already added Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller over the last week.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are "cooling" on free agent right-hander Mike Leake and that a deal is now "unlikely."

Per Rosenthal, the Nationals are looking to pursue other options. This comes just hours after GM Mike Rizzo said that the team had already floated an offer to Leake. Giants GM Bobby Evans has indicated that both Leake and San Francisco have mutual interest in a possible return for the 28-year-old right-hander. The odds of that happening might have just jumped with the Nationals out of the picture. Leake is reported to be looking for a contract of five years and $75-80 million.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:48:00 PM

Giants GM Bobby Evans said that there's "mutual interest" between the team and free agent right-hander Mike Leake, but that timing could be an issue.

"There's mutual interest," Evans said, "but the timing may not favor us." In terms of the timing, he's referencing the fact that the Nationals have already tossed Leake an offer. The 28-year-old right-hander's said to be seeking a contract in the range of five years, $75-80 million. In his time with the Giants after being traded from the Reds in the middle of the 2015 campaign, Leake held a 4.07 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 29/15 K/BB ratio across 55 1/3 innings.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:28:00 PM

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo indicated that the club has made an offer for free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

Rizzo confirms a report earlier on Wednesday from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that an offer's been made to Leake, but described the team's interest in acquiring starting pitching as "tepid." So no pressing need here. The financial details and length of the contract offer are not public knowledge at this time, but something in the neighborhood of a five-year contract worth $75-80 million has been floated as Leake's asking price. The 28-year-old right-hander held a 3.70 ERA while pitching for the Reds and Giants during the 2015 campaign.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:28:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals' talks with free agent right-hander Mike Leake are "serious."

Heyman previously reported that the Nationals have made Leake an offer, though the details aren't clear. Either way, they are making a strong push. The Diamondbacks are no longer in the mix, but Leake has also been connected to the Cardinals and Giants. He's believed to be aiming for a five-year deal in the range of $75-80 million.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:58:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals have made an offer to free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal previously reported that the Nationals were making a push. The specifics of the offer aren't known, but Leake is expected to land a five-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. However, his position in the market could have changed with the Diamondbacks off the board.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 02:18:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals are making a push for free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

Leake was in talks with the Diamondbacks, but that scenario is presumably off the table after the Shelby Miller trade. The Nationals lost Jordan Zimmermann to free agency, but there was some thought that they'd stick with internal options (Tanner Roark and Joe Ross) for their rotation. They apparently aren't set on that plan. Leake posted a 3.70 ERA over 30 starts this past season between the Reds and Giants. If he signs with the Nationals, he'll be reunited with his former manager Dusty Baker.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 11:11:00 AM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that the Diamondbacks are "pretty close" to signing Mike Leake.

It's unclear what the contract will be worth, but multiple reports have indicated that Leake would take less in order to stay close to his Phoenix-area home. The D'Backs sought out to improve their rotation this winter, and they've done just that by shocking the world with the Zack Greinke signing and now bringing aboard Leake. The right-hander held a 3.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP across 30 starts for the Reds and Giants this past season.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 07:21:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and Diamondbacks are still in on free agent right-hander Mike Leake.

Heyman notes that the Diamondbacks have the home-field advantage, so to speak, but it's all likely going to come down to the money. Leake is expected to land a five-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Cardinals could wait to see how things go with Jason Heyward before focusing on a starter.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 08:46:00 AM

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PosRoleName
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2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Carlos Peguero
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PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Mike Leake
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tyler Lyons
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung-Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Sam Tuivailala
8Miguel Socolovich
9Mitch Harris
10Jayson Aquino
11Matt Bowman
12Juan Gonzalez
13Dean Kiekhefer