There could be validity to that, as losing a key veteran arm from the rotation is a problem, but the team will be getting Adam Wainwright back off the disabled list, and Luke Weaver has been strong in the rotation, striking out 10 batters in each of his last two starts.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mike Leake and worldwide cap space totaling $750,000 for the current global signing period. Since the start of the 2012 season, Leake's 180 starts are tied for the most in the National League with the Washington Natioanls' Gio Gonzalez.
"Mike gives us an experienced starter that will help us as we navigate our way towards a playoff spot this season", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
Leake, 29, was 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA over 154 innings with 103 strikeouts in 26 starts for St. Louis this season. "Like a lot of guys you go through highs and lows through a season and in Mike's case we're going to bet on the big picture".
Leake is not a short-term rental.
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Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar last week warned that the process will "definitely" take more time than expected. Mr Barnier added: "To be honest, I'm concerned, time passes quickly".
The Cardinals will save a good bit of cash in shipping off Leake (they're reportedly kicking in $17 million of the roughly $55 million that Leake is still owed), and that's led to some speculation regarding that newfound payroll flexibility.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati.
2021: $18 million mutual option with a $5 million buyout.
An global signing out of Venezuela in 2012, the 21-year-old Ascanio split the season between Low-A Clinton and High-A Modesto, appearing in 3 games with Triple-A Tacoma.
The switch-hitting Ascanio, a native of Mariara, Venezuela, was batting.217 with 9 HR's and 44 RBI in 111 games this season between Tacoma (AAA), Clinton (A) and Modesto (A). He is expected to be assigned to the high-Class A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.