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Mariners Trade for Cardinals Pitcher Mike Leake

Mariners Trade for Cardinals Pitcher Mike Leake

The Cardinals (66-65) are 5½ games out in the NL wild-card race. Sixteen different pitchers have started games for Seattle this season.

Because he was acquired before September 1, Leake would be eligible to pitch in the postseason if the Mariners were to somehow make it.

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

The Cardinals get minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio in exchange for Leake and global cap space totaling $750,000 for the current worldwide signing period.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mike Leake and worldwide cap space totaling $750,000 for the current global signing period.

The Mariners and Cardinals are both now on the periphery of their leagues' Wild Card races. The club will attempt to avoid a road sweep at Baltimore in Wednesday's series finale versus the Orioles. 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. He has a $15 million salary this year and is owed $17 million next season, $16 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020.

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This trade was pretty slick for Jerry Dipoto. He started the 2017 season in fine form, sporting a 2.21 ERA with 48 strikeouts through his first 10 starts, but he's struggled of late, going 3-7 with a 6.94 ERA since July 5.

Leake will provide much-needed help to a starting rotation decimated by injuries in the middle of a push for a playoff spot.

Leake has been one of the most durable starters in the National League but has not been at his best since the All-Star break. Since 2012, he's made at least 30 starts in a season and has a chance to do so in 2017.

In 56 games with St. Louis he was 16-24 with a 4.46 ERA.

An global signing out of Venezuela in 2012, the 21-year-old Ascanio split the season between Low-A Clinton and High-A Modesto, appearing in 3 games with Triple-A Tacoma.


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