Mariners add starter Mike Leake for stretch run

Since the start of the 2012 season, Leake's 180 starts are tied for the most in the National League with the Washington Natioanls' Gio Gonzalez.

The Mariners have acquired starting pitcher Mike Leake in a trade with the Cardinals, the team announced Wednesday.

Seattle has acquired veteran right-handed starting pitcher Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals, along with worldwide signing cap space of $750,000, for minor league shortstop Rayder Ascanio. The Mariners also acquired $750,000 in worldwide signing bonus allotment as part of the deal. It's also the second notable trade Seattle has made with St. Louis this season, as they picked up left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals for outfield prospect Tyler O'Neill last month.

Now he will report to the Mariners by Friday (Sept. 1) and should pitch over the weekend.

2021: $18 million mutual option with a $5 million buyout.

At 66-67, the M's are now three games out of the final American League wild card spot after dropping four straight.

Help is on the way to the Mariners' injury-wracked starting rotation.

In eight major league seasons, Leake is 80-76 with a 4.18 ERA in 233 games, including 228 starts for the Reds (2010-15), San Francisco Giants (2015) and Cardinals (2016-17).

Leake is owed at least $48 million over the next three seasons, in addition to about $2 million for the rest of this year.

Ascanio was signed by the Mariners as an worldwide free agent in 2012 at age 16. In a combined 111 games he hit.217 with 25 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

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