According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Arizona met with free agent right-hander Mike Leake yesterday and still have interest in signing him even after adding Greinke. While Leake is not on the level of some of the big names remaining on the market (Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija), he’s been a solid mid-rotation starter since breaking into the league and would further legitimize a rotation which includes young arms like Patrick Corbin, Robbie Ray, Rubby De La Rosa, and Chase Anderson.
Leake just turned 28 in November and posted a 3.70 ERA and 119/49 K/BB ratio over 192 innings this past season between the Reds and Giants. San Francisco reportedly has interest in bringing him back and could push further now that Greinke has made a decision. The Dodgers might also be in that camp. Because Leake was traded midseason, he was not eligible for a qualifying offer and thus is not attached to draft pick compensation.