The Giants are reportedly acquiring Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jon Heyman of CBS As we learned from the Mets on Wednesdays, these things are always PENDING PHYSICALS and such, but it sounds like the Giants have help for their rotation. Early reports have the Giants giving up Keury Mella and another prospect. Edit: The deal has been announced, and the second prospect was Adam Duvall.
The 27-year-old right-hander has a 3.56 ERA this year, good for a 107 ERA+, and he's struck out 90 and walked 34 in 136⅓ innings. He's a pending free agent after the season, and the Giants have reportedly been enamored of him for a while, so this is something of a test drive for the future, too. Leake is a
flyball groundball pitcher whose ERA at Great American Ball Park was nearly a run higher than it was on the road, so the Giants are counting on AT&T Park helping him quite a bit.
The tricky question now is what to do with Tim Hudson, who seems ill-suited for relief, and was planning on retiring after this season. For now, though, the Giants found their extra starter to slot behind Madison Bumgarner and Chris Heston.
Mella was the Giants' #1 prospect according to MLB.com, and the 21-year-old was pitching well at San Jose, with a 3.31 and almost a strikeout per inning.
Adam Duvall is a dinger-masher without a true position, splitting his time between first and third base, with some time in the outfield. He was hitting .279/.323/.548 with 26 homers in 398 at-bats in Sacramento.