Cardinals Trade Veteran Starter Mike Leake To Mariners

Mike Leake pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates (Credit: Associated Press)

According to Ken Rosenthal, the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Mike Leake to the Mariners. the deal was first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

“Leake is earning $15MM this year, with about $2.5MM left to go. He remains under contract through 2020, with a $53MM total guarantee — including a $5MM buyout of a 2021 mutual option. Leake’s contract includes full no-trade protection, so he’d need to approve of any deal according.

Since signing on with the Cards before the 2016 season, Leake has shown the durability that earned him the contract, throwing 330 2/3 innings over 56 starts. But he has also managed only a 4.46 cumulative ERA while compiling 6.2 K/9 against 1.8 BB/9.”MLB Trade Rumors