Today, the St.Louis Cardinals signed Mike Leake to a lucrative deal for $80 mil over the next 5 years with a mutual option to boost up the deal to $94/$95 mil. The deal also includes a shocking full no-clause trade. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the deal (on Twitter).
In addition, the 28 year old starter had a good 2015 campaign, but in his career he has had a successful track record. Mike Leake has a career record of 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA in 177 games (172 starts) and totaling up 1083.2 innings of hard work. Now, Leake does not strikeout many batters (730 K’s in career) due to the fact he is a ground ball pitcher and pitches to contact. Leake has a ground ball rate of around 50.2% with the past two seasons moving him closer to around the 53% mark.
Next, Leake finished the 2015 campaign between the Reds and Giants by going 11-10 on the year with a 3.70 ERA in 192 innings with punching out 119 batters.
Finally, Leake will step in the 4th or 5th spot of the rotation and eat up lots of innings, but giving solid innings. Leake does not walk many batters and is averaging only 2 walks per start, which is tremendous. Leake will join Wainwright, Wacha, Martinez, Garcia in the rotation.