Aug 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Mike Leake (13) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Leake – RHP
As the Giants have seen in the past, guys enjoy playing in San Francisco. That is not to say that the team should expect a discount, but it helps in negotiations. Leake was brought over late last year for two reasons. The team wanted to make a push for the stretch run, and were short on reliable options in-house. And they also wanted to give a pitcher they were probably going to go after in free agency anyway, a chance to see if it was a good match. And it still may be.
As was mentioned before, signing any of the previous starters pretty much does it for the off-season as far as the rotation. But that is not necessarily true for Leake.
If the Giants like what they saw in him last year, they could sign him and another starter for less than the aforementioned $30 million. Or they can use that extra money to spend on the outfield. Leake is likely on track to make around $13-$15 million a year.
So what other starter could be coupled with Leake if the current contract forecasts are correct?
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