Mariners get pitching, acquire Mike Leake from Cardinals

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Because he was acquired before September 1, Leake would be eligible to pitch in the postseason if the Mariners were to somehow make it. Speaking of which, Lynn in his walk year - which is also his comeback campaign from Tommy John surgery - has pitched to a 3.14 ERA/136 ERA+ and 2.16 K/BB ratio in an NL-leading 27 starts.

The Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio as Seattle tries to bolster its beleaguered starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.

The deal sent pitcher Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners, along with $750,000 in worldwide signing money, in exchange for minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio. 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. Leake is still owed $55 million over the next three seasons according to Spotrac, and getting rid of his salary could help the Cardinals in free agency. He has a mutual option for the 2022 season that includes a $5 million buyout if the team doesn't pick it up.

The Mariners and Cardinals are both now on the periphery of their leagues' Wild Card races.

"It made us feel good about the price point", Dipoto told reporters after the trade was announced.

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Ultimately, Dipoto finally got the pitching the Mariners needed, and while it may be too late to snag a playoff spot in 2017, they certainly cheaply bolstered their rotation depth for next season. "As one of the most durable starters over most of the last decade, he'll be a valuable addition for not just the near future, but for seasons to come".

Mike Leake had been placed on waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals after experiencing a lot of struggles on the mound during the 2017 #MLB season.

In 56 games with St. Louis he was 16-24 with a 4.46 ERA.

Ascanio was signed by the Mariners as an global free agent in 2012 at age 16.

Ascanio, 21, hit.217 (85 for 392) with 25 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 44 RBI in 111 games combined between Low A Clinton and High A Modesto.

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