Mike Leake would give D-Backs a hometown discount, but they don’t want him anymore

AP Photo/Ben Margot

Free agent starter Mike Leake is willing to take “significantly less to play at home in Phoenix,” Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. However, Diamondbacks COO Tony La Rosa says it is “probably unlikely” that the club will sign the right-hander. The D-Backs were reportedly interested in Leake earlier this offseason.

The Diamondbacks have already made two big pitching acquisitions. They signed Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract last week. Then, on Tuesday, the D-Backs sent outfielder Ender Inciarte, 2015 number one overall draft pick Dansby Swanson, and pitching prospect Aaron Blair to the Braves for starter Shelby Miller.

The Nationals also had interest in Leake but their interest reportedly cooled last week. The Giants are the only other team with reported interest, but that should pick up as more options fall off the board.

Leake, 28, posted a combined 3.70 ERA with a 119/49 K/BB ratio over 192 innings between the Reds and Giants this past season.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.