Cardinals Trade Leake to Seattle For Minor-League Shortstop

Durability, however, might be Leake's best ability, particularly as he joins a Mariners rotation beset by injuries.

Heading into next season, Leake will have $53 million remaining on the five-year, $80 million contract he signed with St. Louis in December 2015.

Seattle has acquired Mike Leake from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio, the team announced Wednesday.

This is the second pitcher the Mariners have acquired from the Cardinals this season. The Mariners acquire an $18 million option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

Seattle started the day on a four-game losing streak and has fallen three games behind Minnesota in the chase for the second wild card spot. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto didn't disclose how much money the Cardinals sent to Seattle in order to offset the $48 million Leake is due over the next three years, but called it "significant".


Ultimately, Dipoto finally got the pitching the Mariners needed, and while it may be too late to snag a playoff spot in 2017, they certainly cheaply bolstered their rotation depth for next season.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in St. Louis. Since 2012, he's made at least 30 starts in a season and has a chance to do so in 2017.

Over 233 games (228 starts) during his eight-year Major League Baseball career, Mike Leake has an 8-0-76 record with a 4.02 ERA and 1.283 WHIP.

Ascanio, 21, was signed by the Mariners as an global free agent in 2012 at age 16, and the slick-fielding infielder has compiled a career batting mark of.240 with 15 home runs and 158s RBI in 425 games at the minor-league level. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him as a free agent in the winter of 2015, giving him a large contract that will pay him $17 million in 2018, $16 million in 2019, and $15 million in 2020. He has a career batting average of.240 with 15 home runs and 158 RBIs in 425 minor league games.


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