The St. Louis Cardinals, who mislaid a behest fight for starter David Price and saw pitcher John Lackey and slugger Jason Heyward pointer with a Cubs, have concluded to a understanding with free-agent right-hander Mike Leake, according to mixed media reports.
The agreement is for 5 years and $80 million with a mutual choice that could make a sum value of a understanding as high as $94 million, according to Fox Sports, that also reported that Leake gets a full no-trade clause.
Leake, 28, was acquired by a San Francisco Giants in late Jul after spending his initial five-plus seasons with a Cincinnati Reds. He harmed his hamstring after one start with a Giants though returned to representation 8 some-more games.
Leake finished a deteriorate 11-10 (2-5 for San Francisco) with a 3.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP and capped 2015 with a two-hitter, his initial career shutout, on Sept. 30 opposite a Los Angeles Dodgers.
Leake was drafted by a Reds with a eighth altogether collect in 2009. He is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 6 career seasons.
The Dodgers had also been rumored to be in a follow for Leake.