After stunning the baseball world by reportedly signing free agent right-hander Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract, the Diamondbacks might not be done.
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.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).