Mariners Acquire Former Giants Starting Pitcher From Cardinals

St. Louis will send Seattle $17.5 million to cover a portion of the $55.6 million Leake is guaranteed during the remainder of an $80 million, five-year contract through 2020. This is his ninth season in the majors, and he signed a five-year deal with St. Louis after a strong campaign in 2015 in which he had a 3.70 ERA and career-best 1.16 WHIP for the Reds and Giants.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that they have acquired minor-league shortstop Rayder Ascanio from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mike Leake.

The deal sent pitcher Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners, along with $750,000 in global signing money, in exchange for minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio.

"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.

Seattle started the day on a four-game losing streak and has fallen three games behind Minnesota in the chase for the second wild card spot. The Mariners acquire an $18 million option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

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The right-hander is 7-12 with a 4.21 ERA overall this season. After debuting in 2010, Leake has made 228 starts - the second most in the National League.

After a great start to the season, Leake has struggled mightily. Leake is one of just eight big league pitchers to make at least 30 starts in every season since 2012.

In 56 games with St. Louis he was 16-24 with a 4.46 ERA. Essentially, the Mariners pick up the 3 years Leake has left and will be on the hook for $36 million.

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 nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 111 games this season between Tacoma (AAA), Clinton (A) and Modesto (A).

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