Mike Leake trade details, new pitcher arrives

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The Seattle Mariners, who are among the contenders for an American League wild-card berth, acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams announced Wednesday.

In 2017, 18 of Leake's 26 starts have been 6 innings or more. "Obviously, we feel like Mike helps us walking in the door for 2017". "As one of the most durable starters over most of the last decade, he'll be a valuable addition for not just the near future, but for seasons to come". Along with Leake, the Mariners receive about $17 million in cash (to relieve the burden of Leake's weighty contract), and some global signing money. Since 2012, he's made at least 30 starts in a season and has a chance to do so in 2017.

In eight major league seasons, Leake is 80-76 with a 4.18 ERA in 233 games, including 228 starts for the Reds (2010-15), San Francisco Giants (2015) and Cardinals (2016-17).

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"His first 10 starts were spectacular". "Like a lot of guys you go through highs and lows through a season and in Mike's case we're going to bet on the big picture". That did not sit well with Lynn, who found out about the trade on social media. Speaking of which, Lynn in his walk year - which is also his comeback campaign from Tommy John surgery - has pitched to a 3.14 ERA/136 ERA+ and 2.16 K/BB ratio in an NL-leading 27 starts. There is also a mutual option in play for the 2022 season which would earn Leake a $5 million buyout if the Mariners made a decision to cut ties with the veteran starting pitcher. 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".

Ascanio was signed by the Mariners as an worldwide free agent in 2012 at age 16. In a combined 111 games he hit.217 with 25 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBIs. He is expected to be assigned to the high-Class A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.

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