The San Francisco Giants have officially announced that the team has acquired righty Mike Leake in exhange for minor leaguers infielder Adam Duvall and right-handed pitcher Keury Mella. The trade was first tweeted by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports half an hour before the Giants released a statement making it official.
The 27-year-old Leake has 21 starts with a 3.56 ERA and a record of 9-5. He was the Reds’ top pitcher in wins, as well as innings pitched and starts. The move to pitcher-friendly AT&T Park will help Leake’s numbers as he departs Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. As a member of the Reds pitching staff, his ERA at home was 4.93. Compared to a 2.28 ERA away, this move to San Francisco will be one that can help improve the Giants pitching staff.
As the Giants push for another World Series title, they filled in a key piece in their search to complete their rotation. The addition of Leake means that one of the current pitchers will be moved out of the rotation. Reports have pointed to Tim Hudson as the one to receive the demotion, as John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted that Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans said Hudson “ultimately wants to see this club excel, have success and win and told me he’d do whatever it takes for that to happen.”
An hour after the trade was announced, Leake took to twitter to say, “I will always have great memories in Cincinnati but looking forward to joining my new teammates and helping Giants try to win another title.”
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