Leake takes the hill as Cardinals seek a split with Royals

ST. LOUIS -- Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the scalding-hot bat of Kendrys Morales in the starting lineup.Proof of that came Wednesday night in St. Louis, when Morales started in right field, the first time in eight years he opened a game as an outfielder. Usually a designated hitter, Morales handled four chances flawlessly, including...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
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May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Problems for Mike Leake and the St. Louis Cardinals

Early on in 2016, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake (#8) has not been as impressive as many fans would have hoped.  With a career ERA under 3.90 heading into this season, Leake has seen his ERA jump to 5.83 in his first five starts for the Cardinals.  The 28 year old is also 0-3 in those five starts, and the Cardinals are 1-4 in games he’s started. Why has Leake...
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May 04, 2016  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2015 Top Story #14: Mike Leake Signing

Earlier this winter, the St. Louis Cardinals said goodbye to starting pitcher John Lackey and lost Lance Lynn for the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. They offered $200 million to free agent David Price, but lost out to the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals addressed the rotation need on December 22nd by an agreement with free agent pitcher Mike Leake on a five-year contract...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

How to Justify the Cardinals’ Mike Leake Contract

Word for a while has been that Mike Leake was looking for a five-year contract worth something in the neighborhood of $80 million. The most recent thing we wrote about him was called The Upcoming Mike Leake Mistake. The Cardinals have now signed Leake to a five-year contract worth exactly $80 million, with a mutual option that won’t be mutually exercised. The Cardinals are without...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals sign Mike Leake to five-year, $80M deal

The St. Louis Cardinals and former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake have agreed to a five-year deal worth $80 million reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal has a mutual option that could push the deal in the $93-94 million dollar range. Rosenthal reports the deal also includes a full no-trade clause. Source: Leake deal is five years, $80M with mutual option that could...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals: Addition of Mike Leake and what’s on tap for ’16.. 

  The Cardinals and right-hander Mike Leake reportedly agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal on Tuesday. The contract features a full no-trade clause and an option for 2021. The signing of Leake rounds out the starting rotation and virtually gobbles up some of the upcoming season’s innings. Losing John Lackey to free agency and Lance Lynn to ulnar collateral ligament surgery...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The Upcoming Mike Leake Mistake

With the Winter Meetings officially in high gear, some early themes and trends of the 2015-16 offseason are establishing themselves. Foremost among them is the substantial investment of years and mega-millions in the legion of starting pitchers on the free agent market. Sure, the game is flush with cash — and, certainly, there is quite a bit of high- to middle-end pitching talent...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants Add Mike Leake, Aim to Keep Pace With Dodgers

After a few days of being linked to top-line starting-pitching help like David Price and Cole Hamels — though never showing serious enough interest to land either player — the Giants have gone a less conspicuous route. Although the trade netting them Mike Leake from the Reds for two prospects (one of whom is was at the top […]
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants strengthen rotation, add Mike Leake

The Giants addressed a major need last night, acquiring starting pitcher Mike Leake from the Reds for two minor leaguers. Leake, a free agent at the end of the season, has been on a roll lately and greatly increased his trade value in the process. He’s posted a 1.24 ERA over 36 innings this month, compiling a 4-1 record in the process. He was probably the top prize left in the...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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