Looking ahead to the 2015-16 San Francisco Giants free agents
Sep 13, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Mike Leake (13) pitches the ball against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
RHP Mike Leake
The other former Cincinnati Red, Mike Leake, has been solid in his opportunities with San Francisco. Although his numbers may not display perfection, Leake has posted four quality starts in his six games, as little run support and bad luck has led to a 1-3 record with a 4.34 ERA.
Should San Francisco retain Leake? Yes.
With the question mark of Tim Lincecum, retirement of Tim Hudson, and inconsistency of Matt Cain, starting rotation help will be the biggest concern for the Giants this offseason. The biggest obstacle will be whether or not Leake wants to return to San Francisco. By no means has he publicly said that he has not had a good experience in his time in the Bay Area, but the results have not played out as well as Giants fans would have hoped. Ultimately, San Francisco currently has four starting pitchers under contract for next season, Leake will be in the top-5 of free agent starting pitchers and his demand is expected to be a close to an Angel Pagan contract of 4 years/$40 million or higher.
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