Mike Leake RUMORS & NEWS

  • Mike Leake's big break may have arrived as Dodgers, Cardinals lurk

    USA Today "Maybe, just maybe, this is the break Mike Leake needed. Leake, the front-line starting pitcher left in the cold during this free-agent market, has let it be known all winter that he wants to stay in the National League, and would prefer to be close to home in Phoenix. Leake thought he had..." December 18

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    Steve Gilbert @SteveGilbertMLB

    Source: #Dbacks made another pass at Mike Leake last night. Couldn't quite make it work.

  • Report: Diamondbacks 'pretty close' to signing Leake

    The Score "Just hours after finalizing a six-year deal with Zack Greinke, the Arizona Diamondbacks appear to be on the verge of adding another accomplished veteran to their rotation, as the club is "pretty close" to signing right-hander Mike Leake, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez." December 09

  • D-backs, Cards, Giants, others in mix for free agent Leake

    Fox Sports "Mike Leake could be the next domino to fall in the free-agent starting pitcher market. FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reports Leake would be willing to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a "hometown discount," though the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and other teams remain in the mix...." December 07

  • Cardinals are “looking closely” at Mike Leake, Diamondbacks said to have advantage

    Hardball Talk "Mike Leake may be the next domino to fall on the starting pitching market. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are “looking closely” at the free agent right-hander ahead of this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville. There’s also said to be mutual interest between Leake and the..." December 06

  • After adding Zack Greinke, the Diamondbacks are still interested in Mike Leake

    Hardball Talk "After stunning the baseball world by reportedly signing free agent right-hander Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract, the Diamondbacks might not be done. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Arizona met with free agent right-hander Mike Leake yesterday and still have interest..." December 05

  • Leake looks to stay put

    San Francisco Chronicle "Mike Leake said he expects his agents and the Giants to begin negotiating soon. Leake, 27, is eligible for free agency, and there’s mutual interest. Though he didn’t pitch overall (2-5, 4.07 ERA) as expected after he was acquired from the Reds, he threw a two-hit shutout against the Dodgers in..." October 05

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    John Shea @JohnSheaHey

    Leake pitches tomorrow.

  • Giants right-hander Mike Leake's return from DL delayed

    Sporting News "Giants right-hander Mike Leake, who was scheduled to come off the disabled list and start Tuesday against the Cardinals, instead will stay on the DL with a nagging left hamstring problem, CSN Bay Area reported. Acquired at the trade deadline to bolster the Giants' rotation, Leake made only one..." August 19

  • Mike Leake on schedule to return from the disabled list and start on Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giants starter Mike Leake is on schedule to return from the disabled list and start against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Leake has been sidelined since August 3 due to a strained left hamstring suffered after his Giants debut on..." August 15

  • Giants' Leake scratched from start Friday at Cubs

    CSN Bay Area "Mike Leake has made one start for the Giants since San Francisco acquired him on July 30. It's unclear when he will take the mound again. Leake will not pitch against the Cubs on Friday because of a mild left hamstring strain, the Giants announced Thursday afternoon. Ryan Vogeslong, who..." August 07

  • Mike Leake put on DL

    McCovey Chronicles "The Giants gave up one of their top prospects to get Mike Leake, even though Leake was just a rental. And that's okay, see, because those 10 or so starts in the regular season were going to be really, really important. The Giants lost the first Leake start. And it looks like he'll miss at least..." August 07

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    Andrew Baggarly @extrabaggs

    Mike Leake scratched for tomorrow. MRI showed mild left hamstring strain. Vogelsong will start.

  • Giants get Mike Leake from Reds to bolster rotation

    San Francisco Chronicle "With Cole Hamels off the board, the Giants seemed perfectly happy to acquire Mike Leake and add him to their rotation for the playoff chase. The Giants acquired Leake from the Reds on Thursday night, the eve of the trade deadline, sending two minor-leaguers to Cincinnati, corner infielder Adam..." July 31

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Reds’ Leake among starters #BlueJays are considering. Targets all at similar talent levels. TOR looking for best acquisition cost.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Tigers have #Reds starter Mike Leake on their radar if they determine this week they can realistically stay in the AL wild-card race.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Reds are prepared to trade prospective free agents Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake now that All-Star Game is over, sources say. @FOXSports

  • Mike Leake will be attractive on free-agent market

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With all the focus on Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman, it seems like Mike Leake can often be overlooked. Reds manager Bryan Price said that if that's the case, it won't be for long. "They won't at the end of this year," Price said when asked if Leake is sometimes overlooked..." May 02

  • Look for Mike Leake to start Game 2 of season for Reds

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Jason Marquis will start the spring training opener on March 3 against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear. That's not a big clue on how the rotation will go. Marquis is not going to start Opening Day. Johnny Cueto will, although the Reds haven't officially announced it. So the rest of..." February 26

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    John Fay @johnfayman

    Leake will not start tomorrow. He has an abdominal issue. #reds

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Leake's exact settlement number is $5.925M (not $5.9M) #reds

  • Leake, Bruce lead Reds in 10-0 rout of Astros

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Before Tuesday's game against the Astros one Reds player was looking at the league's statistics and noted Jay Bruce had 95 RBI on the season. "We've got to get him a C-note" Bruce's teammate said. "Oh he'll get it" another responded. Bruce who entered the game 0 for 8 in his career..." September 18

  • Reds announce Chapman returning to closer role

    Dayton Daily News "The rigors of spring training have officially caught up with Reds manager Dusty Baker, who labored through a scratchy voice to discuss baseball’s hottest topic with the media on Friday. Turns out, he didn’t have to say much. With general manager Walt Jocketty by his side, Baker announced the..." March 22

  • Leake settles with Reds

    MLB.com "Four down, three to go for Reds arbitration cases. Early Wednesday morning, sources told MLB.com that RHP Mike Leake and the Reds agreed to a one-year, $3.06 million contract that avoids arbitration. During the exchange of numbers last month, Leake filed for $3.5 million, and the Reds had..." February 06

  • Cueto is out and Leake is in

    Dayton Daily News "t became official at 11:30 this morning — Johnny Cueto is out and Mike Leake is in. And Cueto is not only out for the rest of the National League Division Series, by removing him from the roster for the rest of the NLDS, by rules, Cueto is not eligible to pitch in the National Leaague..." October 10

  • Leake wins No. 12 in his grand finale

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake assured himself of pleasant thoughts in the offseason with an outstanding performance in his 2012 finale. Leake pitched eight innings as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Tuesday night before a crowd of 19,159 at Great American Ball Park. He allowed one run and six hits, walked two..." September 14

  • Mike Leake humbled by up-and-down year

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake recently spent a hot August day cutting grass at a Cincinnati park. While his Reds teammates were preparing for a game, Leake was still paying for his April arrest. The lawn work was part of Leake's 30 hours of community service, stemming from his highly publicized shoplifting/theft..." September 09

  • Reds prevail over Cubs in 13 innings

    Cincinnati Enquirer "You could feel Mike Leake's pain. As the ball sailed out, he bent over and smacked the dirt. Leake, the Reds' starting pitcher, had been one out from a complete-game, two-hit shutout when the Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair hit a two-run home run to tie the score at 2 and send the game to extra..." September 07

  • Reds get Mike Leake his 10th win in 3-2 victory against Colorado

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Just when it seemed another victory might slip away from the Reds, they got a break. A big one. Third baseman Todd Frazier fielded Chris Nelson's slow roller at the bag, turned and tagged Dexter Fowler for the final out of the Reds' a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies before a crowd of 21,673..." August 11

  • Leake holds Rays, Gomes pounds 'em

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds haven't had many nice, easy days at the office like Monday night's 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. "It's a good thing for the manager," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We haven't had too many. I'll take it." Mike Leake, Sam LeCure and Nick Masset combined on the shutout. Second..." June 28

  • Reds' bats leave Mike Leake little leeway in Game 1

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Before the ball even left the park, Mike Leake pounded his glove in frustration. The way the Reds' offense was going – or more correctly not going – one bad pitch could ruin the whole day for a pitcher. The hanging curveball to Jorge Posada in the sixth inning certainly ruined Leake. Posada..." June 23

  • Volquez to start Tuesday, Leake Monday

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Edinson Volquez will return from Triple-A and probably will start Tuesday against the Cubs, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Saturday. Mike Leake would now start Monday instead of Tuesday, with Chad Reineke bumped from his scheduled Monday start. "This is all in theory," Baker said. Baker..." June 05

  • Leake may get call against Braves

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Right-hander Mike Leake will likely start Friday against Atlanta in Edinson Volquez's spot, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday. Leake has not pitched well for Louisville since being optioned there. He's allowed eight runs in 7 1/3 innings of over two outings. "(Johnny) Cueto didn't pitch..." May 25

  • Minors debut a downer for Leake

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It took Mike Leake more than a year to make his minor-league debut. It took him just seven batters to give up his first minor-league grand slam in the Louisville Bats' 7-4 loss to the Durham Bulls on Wednesday. Leake, a 23-year-old right-hander, was just the 21st player ever to appear in the..." May 20

  • Dusty envisions Leake as long reliever for now

    MLB.com "Reds manager Dusty Baker was essentially asked to look into a crystal ball that doesn't exist, but his answer about pitcher Mike Leake on Friday was crystal clear. Baker sees Leake's immediate better days ahead coming as a reliever and not as a starter. The 23-year-old was moved to the bullpen..." May 06

  • Red's Mike Leake has legal charges reduced

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds pitcher Mike Leake on Friday had his legal charges reduced from theft to unauthorized use of property, and he was accepted into a diversion program. Leake this morning pleaded guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court to the reduced charge. The theft is a Misdemeanor 1, and the reduced..." April 30

  • Days after his arrest, Leake back in control

    Dayton Daily News "While a court appearance, legal wrangling and some form of punishment likely await him, none of that may be as big of a blow to Mike Leake as what he's already faced, said Cincinnati Reds teammate Bronson Arroyo after Thursday's game at Great American Ball Park. Before coming to the ballpark..." April 22

  • Mike Leake helps Reds end losing skid

    Cincinnati Enquirer "What happened Monday at Macy's is a matter for the court. Mike Leake says his story will come out. Leake might be guilty of theft or stupidity or he might be innocent. But what was clear Thursday was sometimes athletes can perform very well in the most trying of times. With his team desperately..." April 22

  • Mike Leake will start Thursday despite arrest

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake will start Thursday against Arizona at Great American Ball Park as scheduled. "He's still our guy," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. The Reds did look at having someone else make the start after Leake's arrest Monday on theft charges. "There was consideration," Baker said. "We..." April 20

  • Mike Leake pays in personal embarrassment

    Cincinnati Enquirer "By now, nobody needs to tell Mike Leake that Mike Leake was a knucklehead. The court is screening Leake for a diversion program that would wipe clean his record, if Leake admits to stealing six T-shirts. That's all well and good. He'll pay more of his penance in personal embarrassment. The jail of..." April 20

  • Leake seeks diversion program

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake would have to admit that he stole six shirts at the downtown Macy's Monday if he wants to have his record wiped clean under the city's diversion program. Leake's attorney, Alex Triantafilou, spoke with Hamilton County Court Magistrate Jay Littner about the..." April 19

  • Reds' Mike Leake to enter plea

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake is scheduled to enter a plea to a charge of shoplifting at a hearing at the Hamilton County Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon. Leake was arrested at a Downtown department store Monday afternoon, accused of trying to steal six shirts with a total value of..." April 19

  • Reds' Mike Leake arrested

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds pitcher Mike Leake was charged with misdemeanor theft hours before Monday's game after being accused of removing security tags from six T-shirts at a Downtown store and leaving without paying for them, store security and police said. Employees at Macy's called police after they said Leake..." April 19

  • Mike Leake takes major incentive to the mound

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake has never spent a day in the minor leagues. The Reds right-hander hopes Tuesday night is another step toward keeping it that way. "That's the goal, to never go there, Leake said. "I've got to start off on a good foot and prove that I belong." Leake makes his 2011 debut when the..." April 05

  • Bad outing for Mike Leake

    Cincinnati Enquirer "A day after he was anointed as one of the five starters coming out of spring training, Mike Leake didn't pitch like a guy with a lot of job security. He got lit up to the tune of seven runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. Not exactly a confidence builder going into the season. But Leake..." March 23

  • Mike Leake of Reds hopes to be stronger on 2 1/2 months' rest

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mike Leake spent some of his offseason golfing, some of it doing nothing. The latter is exactly what the Reds wanted. "I didn't start throwing again until December 16," Leake said. "I gave myself about 2 1/2 months off. It got to a point last year where I was a little tired, so I just needed to..." February 14