The Giants have strengthened their starting rotation this evening, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the defending World Series champions have agreed to a deal to acquire right-hander Mike Leake from the Reds.
Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com confirms that the Reds will get two minor leaguers in return, including prospect right-hander Keury Mella. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi adds that infielder-outfielder Adam Duvall is the other piece in the deal.
Leake, an impending free agent, has a 3.56 ERA and 90/34 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings over 21 starts this season. The 27-year-old has been especially effective of late, allowing just two runs in 30 innings across his last four outings. He owns a 3.43 ERA on the road during his career compared to a 4.31 ERA at home, so switching from Great American Ball Park to the pitcher-friendly AT&T Park should be good for him. And since he has now been traded during the season, he won’t have to worry about a qualifying offer in free agency this winter.
The only real question here is how the Giants intend to play things, as they now have more starters than rotation spots. Tim Hudson, who has a 4.80 ERA in 17 starts this season, is a possibility to be bumped.
The Astros and Angels were locked in a scoreless tie Thursday night until Jason Castro stepped to the plate against Fernando Salas with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Take it away, Mr. Castro…
Now that’s a quality bat-flip.
Scott Kazmir, who was acquired from the Athletics last week, held the Angels to three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless frames. The Astros swept the three-game series from the Angels, so they now hold a two-game lead in the American League West. Oh, and they have Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers on the way. Pretty fun night to be an Astros fan, huh?
Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo was knocked around for five runs over six innings tonight against the Yankees, but he could still be moved before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Gallardo is drawing interest from five teams, with the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers being the “most aggressive.” The Yankees and Giants are also said to be in the mix for the impending free agent.
The 29-year-old Gallardo has had a nice year overall, posting a 3.39 ERA and 84/48 K/BB ratio over 127 1/3 innings. However, he’s not going into the trade deadline on a high note, as he has now allowed five earned runs in three straight starts. The Yankees likely weren’t impressed by tonight’s outing, but they could sure use some rotation depth after losing Michael Pineda to the disabled list today.