Mike Leake Acquired by Arizona Diamondbacks from Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 03: Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners delivers the pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at T-Mobile Park on July 03, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Mike Leake Traded to Arizona Diamondbacks

Mike Leake, a right-handed starting pitcher, has been acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks. In return, the Seattle Mariners received infield prospect Jose Caballero. Ken Rosenthal was first to report the trade.

Mike Leake 2019 Season

Positives

Leake can eat up some innings. Going into Tuesday’s games, Leake is tied for 12th in the AL in innings pitched. He has two complete games with one shutout on the year. In an era of baseball that features more relievers, his two complete games lead the AL. Additionally, his outstanding BB/9 is good for first in MLB.

Drawbacks

While Leake has his positives, he also has some blemishes. He struggles with the long ball. He has given up 25 home runs so far this year, tied for second in all of baseball. His HR/9 stands at 1.7, the worst mark of his career.

His Home/Away splits are vastly different. Seattle’s ballpark (T-Mobile Park) is pitcher-friendly, and Leake has definitely reaped the benefits. Only five of Leake’s 25 homers allowed have come at home, helping his ERA jump to 5.60 on the road and 3.01 at home. As the tables below show, opponents BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, and WHIP are drastically better at T-Mobile Park.

Home or Away
Split G PA 2B BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
Home 10 275 16 .251 .269 .375 .644 .291 67 72
Away 11 275 19 .293 .332 .598 .931 .293 134 138
Home or Away — Game-Level
Split W L ERA GS IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP SO9 SO/W
Home 7 2 3.01 10 68.2 67 23 5 7 50 1.078 6.6 7.14
Away 2 6 5.60 11 62.2 76 39 20 12 48 1.404 6.9 4.00

 

Overall

Leake is not a sexy acquisition, but he can provide residual value to the Diamondbacks by saving the bullpen. He carries a 4.40 ERA, 99 ERA+, and 4.74 FIP. Now that he is in Chase Field, he will likely regress from his overall stat line.

Standard Pitching
Year Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2019 SEA 9 8 4.40 22 2 1 137 153 67 26 19 100 99 4.74 1.255 10.1 1.7 1.2 6.6

 

Mike Leake – Salary Situation

Cash considerations play a prominent role in this deal. Leake is owed $15 million in 2020 and either $18 million in 2021 or a $5 million buyout. This year, Leake is earning $16 million. The St. Louis Cardinals are paying $5 million towards his salary this year and $4 million next year.

Because of his high salary, the Diamondbacks are hoping he performs more like he has at T-Mobile Park than he has on the road.

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