San Francisco has placed right-hander Mike Leake on the disabled list after he was scratched from today’s start with a hamstring injury.
By acquiring the impending free agent at the trade deadline the Giants were hoping to get 12-13 starts from Leake, but instead he tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball in his Giants debut and will now miss at least three turns in the rotation.
Ryan Vogelsong, who’d been banished to the bullpen, will step into the rotation to face the Cubs in Leake’s place.
San Francisco traded right-hander Keury Mella and first baseman/third baseman Adam Duvall to Cincinnati in exchange for Leake, a previously durable 27-year-old with a 3.86 career ERA that includes a 3.53 mark this season.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).