With Greinke Gone, D-backs Bring Mike Leake Back To Arizona
The D-backs were quite busy Wednesday, acquiring Zac Gallen in a swap of prospects with Top 100 pedigree and trading Zack Greinke to the Astros for a prospect haul. Between it all, they also acquired righthander Mike Leake from the Mariners in exchange for infield prospect Jose Caballero.
Leake had a full no-trade clause but waived it to return to Arizona, where he starred for Arizona State in college.
Mike Leake, RHP
While no longer the solid starter he was in his prime with the Reds, Leake remains a durable righthander who throws strikes and pitches deep into games. His 1.2 BB/9 was the lowest in the American League majors this season, although he also allowed a major-league high 153 hits. Overall, he went 9-8, 4.40 for the Mariners this season. Leake is signed through 2020 and has a mutual $18 million option for 2021 that includes a $5 million buyout.
Jose Caballero, 3B
A seventh-round pick in 2017 after leading Chipola (JC) to a junior college national championship, Caballero is a heady player with excellent bat control, gap power and superb baserunning instincts that make him a prolific basestealer to go with his natural speed. He was 28 for 35 in stolen bases this year at high Class A Visalia while batting .268/.388/.396 and earned positive reviews for his defense at third base. Caballero lacks power, but he does a lot of little things well and has a chance to rise as a potential bench player.