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Mariners acquire RHP Leake from Cardinals

31 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Leake will immediately join the starting rotation for the Mariners and could be a huge improvement for the staff.

The Mariners have acquired nine-year veteran starting pitcher Mike Leake from St. Louis. His best season was in 2015 when he posted a 3.70 ERA and 1.161 WHIP while splitting time between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds.

The Seattle Mariners traded infield prospect Rayder Ascanio to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Mike Leake, cash, and global slot money on August 30.

Seattle has acquired Mike Leake from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio, the team announced Wednesday. 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.

2021: $18 million mutual option with a $5 million buyout. He has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $17 million next season, $16 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020.

The Mariners entered Wednesday three games out of the final AL wild-card spot.

He is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 26 starts for St. Louis this season. Leake started 2017 red-hot, with a 2.24 ERA after 10 starts.

"Mike gives us an experienced starter that will help us as we navigate our way towards a playoff spot this season", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

Leake has been ultra dependable since making his major league debut in 2010, starting 228 games, which trails only Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw (231) for National League starts over that period. He will finish his career as a Cardinal with a 16-24 record and a 4.46 ERA.

Ascanio, 21, is a switch-hitter who was signed by Seattle as an global free agent from Venezuela at age 16 in 2012.

The switch-hitting Ascanio, a native of Mariara, Venezuela, was batting.217 with 9 HR's and 44 RBI in 111 games this season between Tacoma (AAA), Clinton (A) and Modesto (A).

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