Jul 10, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcherMike Leake
(44) throws the ball in the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Reds won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
With the July 31st trade deadline approaching many Cincinnati Reds players are expected to be on the trading block, and one of those players is pitcher Mike Leake, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. In his six years with the Reds, Leake has posted a 3.92 ERA, a 1.286 WHIP, accumulated 60 wins and could be a very alluring addition to the back end of many teams’ starting rotation.
What we know:
• Leake is earning $9.775 million this year and will be eligible for free agency after the season, making him a possibility for a rental or more. The Reds did not make an attempt to sign Leake to an extension over the offseason and that reportedly did not sit well with Leake.
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• According to one AL scout, who spoke to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Leake should be able to “pitch in either league with no problem.” That same AL scout speculated that there could be more teams interested in Leake than any other pitcher at the deadline.
• The teams that have reported to have an interest in Leake, according to MLB Trade Rumors, are the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers.
• Last month, the San Francisco Giants were also reportedly scouting Leake, during his start against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. That day, Leake allowed five hits and three earned runs with one strikeout over the course of five innings.
What Leake says:
• Leake has apparently been made aware of the circulating rumors and has been told by the Reds that they intend to trade him. “It is more likely that I’ll be traded than stay,” Leake told reporters Friday. “It (stinks) that we’ve had the season we did but if I am traded, I’m eager to pitch for a winner.”