-- The St. Louis Cardinals, who lost a bidding war for starter David Price and saw pitcher John Lackey and slugger Jason Heyward sign with the Cubs, have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Mike Leake, according to multiple media reports.
The contract is for five years and $80 million with a mutual option that could make the total value of the deal as high as $94 million, according to multiple media reports. Leake also gets a full no-trade clause, according to reports.
Leake, 28, was acquired by the San Francisco Giants in late July after spending his first five-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He injured his hamstring after one start with the Giants but returned to pitch eight more games.
Leake finished the season 11-10 (2-5 for San Francisco) with a 3.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP and capped 2015 with a two-hitter, his first career shutout, on Sept. 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Leake was drafted by the Reds with the eighth overall pick in 2009. He is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in six career seasons.
The Dodgers had also been rumored to be in the chase for Leake.