Former Cincinnati Reds right handed starting pitcher Mike Leake has signed a five year, $80 million dollar contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
Leake became a free agent when his current contract with the San Fransisco Giants expired at the end of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
Leake has pitched in the Major Leagues with the Cincinnati Reds from 2010-2015 and the San Fransisco Giants.
Leake has been traded by the Reds to the Giants on July 30, 2015 in exchange for Giants minor league right handed pitcher Kuery Mella and first baseman/third baseman and outfielder Adam Duvall.
The Reds at the time of the trade were not in contention to make a playoff run in the 2015 Major League Baseball season.
The Giants needed the services of Leake on their starting pitching staff at the time since they were in contention to make a playoff run in 2015. The Giants ended the 2015 baseball season in third place in the National League West Division. The Giants did not qualify to make the playoffs.
The Giants management did make an effort to sign Leake to a new contract. Leake had an offer to pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was able to sign a five year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The Cardinals needed a starting pitcher on their team since Lance Lynn had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in November 2015.
Lynn will not be able to pitch during the 2016 baseball season since the recovery time from the surgery to his right elbow will last at least one year.
The Cardinals will enter the 2016 baseball season as the three time defending National League Central Division champions. Leake will be joining a starting pitching staff that includes Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia and Tyler Lyons.