Mark Sheldon is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and Mike Leake have come to an agreement on a one-year deal, thus avoiding the arbitration hearing. The amount of the deal is $3.06MM. That’s a pretty hefty raise for Leake considering he made a little over $500k last season.
But that’s the nature of the arbitration process. Of course, the Leake was requesting #3.5MM while the Reds offered $2.65MM. Seems like the sides went almost directly down the middle on this.
To me, this was the most curious arbitration case the Reds had. Leake started 30 games and hurled 179 innings last season. 2012 was the first time Leake was not pulled from the starting rotation and moved to the bullpen.
To define Leake’s role for 2013 is possibly the murkiest of anyone on the 40-man. It could greatly be determined by how he performs in spring training combined with how Aroldis Chapman transitions to the rotation and how the Reds address that transition. Honestly, I do not believe there are many that favor Leake if a “position battle” ensues between he and Chapman.
In his three seasons with the Reds Leake has posted a record of 28-22 with an ERA of 4.23 and WHIP of 1.332.