The San Francisco Giants have acquired righty Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area is reporting that right-handed pitcher Keury Mella is one of the prospects heading to Cincinnati. Infielder Adam Duvall appears to be the other prospect heading to the Reds, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. The teams have now confirmed the trade.
Leake, 27, has posted a 3.56 ERA in 136 2/3 innings this season with a WHIP of 1.15. The righty signed a one-year, $9.78 million deal during the offseason and he’ll be a free agent following the season. San Francisco desperately needed to make a move for a starting pitcher, with there struggles of Jake Peavy, Matt Cain and Tim Hudson. Leake will most likely serve as the number two guy in the Giants rotation behind Madison Bumgarner.
We ranked Mella as the number five prospect in the Giants organization earlier this year. The 21-year-old has been solid in his four seasons in the minors, posting an ERA of 3.01 over 272 1/3 innings with a WHIP of 1.13. He also has a nice strikeout to walk ratio of 3.36:1 during that span, which is a great number for a pitcher his age.
Duvall on the other hand is a guy that has already seen time in the big leagues and put up a slash of .192/.234/.342 with three homers and five RBIs in 77 plate appearances. The 26-year-old has put up decent numbers in six minor league seasons, hitting .271/.341/.509 with 126 home runs and 432 RBIs.
mike leake goes to giants— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2015
Adam Duvall to #Reds in Leake deal.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2015
Right-hander Keury Mella is one of players going to Reds.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 31, 2015
Reds acquire from the Giants Louisville native IF Adam Duvall and No. 1 prospect RHP Keury Mella for RHP Mike Leake.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 31, 2015