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Leake Signs With Cardinals

RHP Mike Leake signed with the Cardinals. (nbcsports.com)

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Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake is no longer a free agent. The 28 year old agreed to a five year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon that is said to be worth $80 million. The deal also includes a no-trade clause and an option for a fifth year option that would increase his pay.

With six years of Major League play on his resume, Leake has a career 64-52 record with a 3.88 ERA. In 2015, Leake started the season with the Cincinnati Reds, the same team that drafted him and was then traded to the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline, in a combined thirty starts he recorded a 3.70 ERA with a 11-10 record.

Leake will add significant depth to the Cardinals’ starting rotation that just lost John Lackey to the Cubs; he will join Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia and Carlos Martinez in hopes of giving the Cards that extra push in the post-season.

The Cardinals will not lose any draft picks to San Francisco since Leake was recently traded to the Giants which didn’t force them to make a qualifying offer.

Bethany Cohen
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