Mariners acquire veteran starter Mike Leake from Cardinals

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Along with Leake, the Mariners receive about $17 million in cash (to relieve the burden of Leake's weighty contract), and some worldwide signing money. You can read all about his comments on the Leake trade in Rick Hummel's story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After ending the 2015 season with the Giants, starting pitcher Mike Leake signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Cardinals.

Leake has made 30 or more starts in a season six times and has averaged nearly 200 innings pitched per season in his career.

Leake is under club control through 2020 with an $18 million mutual option for 2021. While the Cardinals have on balance been a pretty middling team in 2017, they're still alive in the NL Central and in the race for one of the two NL wild card spots.

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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. Leake is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA for the season, but since the break is 1-5 with a 6.90 ERA in nine starts since July 14.

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be giving up on the postseason for 2017, and starting pitcher Lance Lynn is not happy about it.

Leake has been ultra dependable since making his major league debut in 2010, starting 228 games, which trails only Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw (231) for National League starts over that period. 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". He will finish his career as a Cardinal with a 16-24 record and a 4.46 ERA. "And the way we viewed it is if Mike Leake is a 30-year-old free agent and we were able to achieve this deal with him we would feel comfortable signing him to that contract".

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