Mariners acquire veteran starter Mike Leake from Cardinals

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With the Mariners starting rotation in disarray and struggling as they head into the final month of the season and the prospects for next year not being much better, general manager Jerry Dipoto added a veteran starter to finish out the season and be a part of the rotation moving forward. You can read all about his comments on the Leake trade in Rick Hummel's story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

St. Louis will send the Mariners $2.5 million on September 30, $3 million each on July 1 and September 30 next year, $2.5 million each on those dates in 2019 and $2 million each on those dates in 2020.

The Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio as Seattle tries to bolster its beleaguered starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.

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Lynn is due to become a free agent in November and the Cardinals freed up some spending money Wednesday by trading Mike Leake to the Mariners, but it doesn't sound like there are any extension talks in the works. Seattle has had just 16 starts of at least six innings in 43 games since the All-Star break. The Mariners acquire an $18 million option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

The Mariners (66-67) are three games out of the second wild-card spot in the American League.

The Cardinals will save a good bit of cash in shipping off Leake (they're reportedly kicking in $17 million of the roughly $55 million that Leake is still owed), and that's led to some speculation regarding that newfound payroll flexibility. After debuting in 2010, Leake has made 228 starts - the second most in the National League.

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Leake on the season has an ERA of 4.21 in 2017.

Ascanio, 21, was signed by the Mariners as an worldwide free agent in 2012 at age 16, and the slick-fielding infielder has compiled a career batting mark of.240 with 15 home runs and 158s RBI in 425 games at the minor-league level. In a combined 111 games he hit.217 with 25 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

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