SP - FA
The Diamondbacks declined RHP Mike Leake's $18 million mutual option for 2021.
Instead, Leake will receive a $5 million buyout. The veteran righty opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns and is now a free agent. He last logged 197 innings in 2019, putting up a 4.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports Mike Leake is opting out of playing the 2020 MLB season.
Leake is the first player to publicly state he won’t be playing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Players who are considered “high risk” will still be paid but that doesn’t apply to those who “only” have high risk family members. We expect there will be others who choose to follow Leake’s path. This decision all but ensures Zac Gallen a rotation spot.
Mike Leake (wrist) may not be ready to join the rotation for Opening Day, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
Leake fractured his non-throwing wrist this offseason, and has been able to work in bullpen sessions. He hasn't been able to see any game action as of yet, so his status for Opening Day is squarely in doubt. If Leake is not a part of the rotation at the start of the regular season, Merrill Kelly may fill in at the back end of the rotation.
Mike Leake received a no-decision on Tuesday against the Cardinals, allowing just one run on five hits over six strong innings.
Leake struck out three and walked two in the outing, which the D'Backs eventually went on to win 3-2 in 19 innings. Leake has now given up three earned runs or less in six straight starts, finishing the season with a 4.29 ERA.
Mike Leake was effective again on Friday versus the Reds, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings pitched.
Leake struck out five and walked one as the D'Backs went on to lose 4-3. The oft-dismissed right-hander has now thrown three quality starts in his last four tries. lowering his ERA to 4.59 on the season. However, it remains difficult to get excited about Leake for fantasy purposes as he is no stranger to blowup games here and there.