#STLCards part ways with Mike Leake

Rosalie Stanley
August 31, 2017

The Seattle Mariners put in a claim on him, won that claim, and worked out a deal to acquire him from the Cardinals.

Once again, the Mariners have made a significant trade after last month's non-waiver trade deadline.

The deal sent pitcher Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners, along with $750,000 in global signing money, in exchange for minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio. James Paxton, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are all now on the disabled list, not to mention Drew Smyly, who underwent Tommy John surgery and won't return until late next season at the earliest.

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 has made 30 or more starts in a season six times and has averaged nearly 200 innings pitched per season in his career. There is also a mutual option in play for the 2022 season which would earn Leake a $5 million buyout if the Mariners made a decision to cut ties with the veteran starting pitcher.

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Leake, 29, is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA this season.

"Mike gives us an experienced starter that will help us as we navigate our way towards a playoff spot this season", Dipoto said in a statement. But he has struggled since the All-Star break, going 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA in nine starts since July 14.

At 66-67, the M's are now three games out of the final American League wild card spot after dropping four straight. "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". He has roughly $55 million left on the five-year, $80 million deal he signed in December 2015.

Ascanio was signed by the Mariners as an worldwide free agent in 2012 at age 16. In a combined 111 games this season, he hit.217 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

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