Rosenthal: D-backs, Cards, Giants, others in mix for free agent Leake
Mike Leake could be the next domino to fall in the free-agent starting pitcher market.
FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports Leake would be willing to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a "hometown discount," though the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and other teams remain in the mix. Rosenthal adds that the D-backs seems more interested in adding a lower-end starter than Leake after agreeing to a six-year, $206 million deal with fellow free agent Zack Greinke.
The 28-year-old right-hander went 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 30 starts this past season for the Cincinnati Reds and Giants. After his late-July trade to San Francisco, he was 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA in nine starts.
Sources: #STLCards on Leake, joining #SFGiants, others. Preference is to be in west. Would take less to play for #DBacks and return to AZ.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2015
#DBacks seem more focused on trading for a lower-end starter than Leake at this point. But it all depends upon price.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2015
In his six-season major-league career, Leake is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA and a 6.1 K/9 ratio.