The Chicago Cubs are on the lookout for starting rotation help before the July 31st MLB trade deadline and one name that has come up as a target is Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake.
Via MLB Trade Rumors:
"(CBS Sports MLB Insider Jon) Heyman hears Mike Leake‘s ground-ball tendencies are appealing to AL East clubs, and he’s drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Orioles and Red Sox in addition to the Royals, Dodgers, Rangers, Cubs and Giants. Manny Parra and Marlon Byrd are both “likely to go” as well."
While Leake is not a game-changer in the same mold of his teammate, RHP Johnny Cueto, he is still a serviceable back-end starter who keeps the ball down in the zone and limits troublesome fly balls when on his mark.
Leake, 27, is 6-5 on the year with a 4.08 ERA and 1.238 WHIP. He is a free agent after this season and any trade suitor would be on the hook for just under half of his $9.78 million salary.
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