Mariners acquire Mike Leake from Cardinals

After posting a 62-47 record and 3.87 ERA in 168 appearances (163 starts) for the Reds, the right-hander has gone 18-29 with a 4.41 ERA in 65 starts between the Giants and Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals have traded right-handed pitcher Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners for a minor league prospect.

Leake has made 30 or more starts in a season six times and has averaged nearly 200 innings pitched per season in his career.

"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.

It now looks like Leake's time St. Louis will be less than two seasons. Since 2012, he's made at least 30 starts in a season and has a chance to do so in 2017. "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".

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This was the second trade between the clubs this summer.

Leake is not a short-term rental. Leake is still owed $55 million over the next three seasons according to Spotrac, and getting rid of his salary could help the Cardinals in free agency. Speaking of which, Lynn in his walk year - which is also his comeback campaign from Tommy John surgery - has pitched to a 3.14 ERA/136 ERA+ and 2.16 K/BB ratio in an NL-leading 27 starts.

"The contribution the Cardinals made was both significant and made us feel good about the price point", Dipoto said. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him as a free agent in the winter of 2015, giving him a large contract that will pay him $17 million in 2018, $16 million in 2019, and $15 million in 2020. "It was a real consideration and a strong factor in what led us to doing this deal".

The switch-hitting Ascanio, a native of Mariara, Venezuela, was batting.217 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 111 games this season between Tacoma (AAA), Clinton (A) and Modesto (A). He is expected to be assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) roster.

  • Lawrence Cooper