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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”