Mike Leake a perfect deadline acquisition for Giants

Giants trade for Leake

The Baseball Tonight crew discusses Mike Leake's trade from the Reds to the Giants for two minor league players.

I've said it in a few places, including our own Baseball Tonight podcast, that Mike Leake would be the perfect deadline addition for the Giants, who needed a durable mid-rotation starter and whose approach to pitchers and plus-infield defense (starting with the vacuum known as Brandon Crawford at shortstop) dovetails nicely with Leake's high-contact, worm-killing approach. The Reds did all right here, getting one high-ceiling, high-risk arm, but if anything, I think the market undervalued Leake's skill set, dampening the return when viewed in light of Leake's skills.

Leake has the highest in-zone contact rate of any starter this year, throwing a ton of two-seamers in the zone to generate ground balls, rarely walking guys and making 30-plus starts in each of the past three seasons.