After missing out on the David Price sweepstakes, the St. Louis Cardinals have added a pitcher to bolster their rotation. The team will sign Mike Leake, formerly with the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants.
It's a five-year, $80 million deal for Leake. There's also a mutual option that could increase the value of the deal to $94 million. Leake has a full no-trade clause as well.
Leake was one of the top free agent pitchers left on the market and had plenty of interest from teams. Leake is an innings eater and a solid No. 3 option in a rotation. He posted a 3.70 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP last season with the Giants and Cardinals. The 28-year old has a career 3.88 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
The Cardinals already have Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia in the rotation. Lance Lynn will miss the season with Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals lost John Lackey to the Cubs in free agency as well.
Leake was the No. 8 overall draft pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. The Cardinals beat out the Dodgers for Leake.Back to the St. Louis Cardinals Newsfeed