Mike Leake To Opt Out Of 2020 Season – MLB Trade Rumors

Leake, 32, was in the last season of a five-year, $80MM contract initially signed with the Cardinals– although hes considering that been traded to Seattle and then Arizona. MLB Networks Jon Heyman tweets that Leake will not be paid in 2020, which suggests that his choice is not due to concerns about his own health however rather the health of close-proximity household and loved ones. Under the terms of Leakes previous trades, the Cardinals were set to pay $4MM to the Mariners this season to cover a portion of Leakes income. As for the $5MM buyout on Leakes 2021 choice, that does not pertain to the 2020 season and ought to therefore still stay on the table.

Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is planning to pull out of taking part in the 2020 season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). Leake becomes the first known player to pick not to play amidst public health issues coming from the COVID-19 pandemic, although others will certainly do the same.
The information surrounding Leakes choice arent known, nor need they be shared. Leakes representative, Danny Horwits, offered the following declaration (by means of ESPNs Jeff Passan):.
Throughout this worldwide pandemic, Mike and his family had numerous conversations about playing this season. They took countless aspects into consideration, numerous of which are personal to him and his household. After thorough consideration, he has picked to pull out of playing in 2020. This was not an easy choice for Mike. He wishes the best of luck and health for his Diamondback teammates this season and hes looking forward to 2021.
Leake, 32, was in the final season of a five-year, $80MM contract originally signed with the Cardinals– although hes given that been traded to Seattle and then Arizona. MLB Networks Jon Heyman tweets that Leake will not be paid in 2020, which recommends that his choice is not due to concerns about his own health however rather the health of close-proximity family and loved ones.
Under the terms of Leakes previous trades, the Cardinals were set to pay $4MM to the Mariners this season to cover a part of Leakes salary. As for the $5MM buyout on Leakes 2021 choice, that does not relate to the 2020 season and must therefore still stay on the table.
With Leake unexpectedly and suddenly out of the rotation picture in Arizona, the D-backs will likely depend on the quartet of Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, Zac Gallen and Luke Weaver to lead the rotation. Merrill Kelly could be in line to retake the 5th area, although hell face some competition from more youthful arms like Alex Young, Jon Duplantier and, if healthy, Corbin Martin. Arizona will also have a 40-man lineup area opened up with Leake no longer occupying an area.