M’s Add Veteran Pitcher

The Mariners made a trade this morning, acquiring Mike Leake and cash from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Class-A infielder Rayder Ascanio.

Leake is signed for the next three years. According to online reports, the Cardinals included enough cash to make Leake’s contract quite reasonable when compared to what a similar free agent would get on the open market this winter.

A regular starter for eight years, Leake has been durable and consistent. His career numbers are 80-76 with a 4.02 ERA, although this year he is 7-12, 4.21.

You can find his stats right here.

With Leake set to join the team after the rosters expand on September 1 (which is Friday), his acquisition is unlikely to effect the Rainiers.

Awards Week continues in the PCL, and today the league announced that Las Vegas shortstop Amed Rosario is the PCL Rookie of the Year.

Rosario hit .328 with seven homers in 94 games for Las Vegas, started at shortstop in the Triple-A All-Star Game, and is now the New York Mets starting SS.

Other receiving votes included his own teammate Dominic Smith, Round Rock’s Willie Calhoun, Memphis pitcher Jack Flaherty, and Albuquerque’s Ryan McMahon.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Salt Lake took advantage of some substandard Tacoma defense and coasted to an 8-1 win on Tuesday night. Tacoma made four errors and managed just four hits.

Today: Salt Lake (70-66) at Tacoma (65-71), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim.

Season Series: Salt Lake leads, 9-5.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Garrett Richards (-) at RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 6.70).

It’s an injury rehabilitation start for Richards, who has been out since his first start of the season with an irritated nerve in his right biceps.

Hot RainiersIan Miller has had at least one hit in 29 of his 36 Triple-A games… Tuffy Gosewisch had two of Tacoma’s four hits yesterday, and he’s 4-for-8 over a three-game hitting streak.

Look Out ForSherman Johnson has a nine-game hitting streak… David Fletcher had three hits last night and is 9-for-22 over a five-game streak… Michael Hermosillo has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and he homered twice on Sunday in Albuquerque.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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PCL Game Reports:

  • El Paso scored nine runs in the third inning, yet still had to sweat out a 13-10 win over Fresno to remain one game behind Salt Lake in the Pac-South. Tony Cruz homered twice and drove in six runs. A.J. Reed hit two bombs for Fresno, giving him 32 and creating a three-way tie for the PCL home run lead.
  • Reno at Albuquerque was rained out, and they’ll try to play a doubleheader today. Reno’s magic number to clinch the Pac-North over Fresno is down to three.
  • Sacramento topped Las Vegas, 3-1, as the 51s lost their sixth straight game.
  • New Orleans catcher Austin Nola had four hits as the Baby Cakes drooled all over Oklahoma City, 8-1.
  • Jorge Soler hit another homer as Omaha pulled away from Nashville, 9-3.
  • Memphis is 40 games over .500 after beating Iowa, 3-2. Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer.
  • The Dell Diamond dried out enough for Round Rock to take a 4-1 decision from Colorado Springs.
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