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Mike Leake avoids arbitration with Reds

Feb 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Cincinnati and Mike Leake have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.06 million contract.

Leake was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 179 innings with a 4.58 ERA and 116/41 K/BB ratio last season and requested $3.5 million while the Reds countered at $2.65 million.

Leake was the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft and arrived with a lot of hype in 2010, but through 485 career innings he has a 4.23 ERA and just 6.0 strikeouts per nine frames. He’s also still just 25 years old, but Leake is a year away from getting expensive and two years away from free agency.

  1. jm91rs - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    3 million. I wonder if he’ll still feel the need to steal shirts from Macy’s. Allegedly.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Steal…schmeal. He just ”accidentally” removed the sales tags.

  2. stevincinci - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    1.5 mill of the contract is for his pinch hitting role. He’s a great hitter for a pitcher. Plus can play some outfield.

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