Originally Posted by Steve4192
As Sir_Charles brought up with Stubbs having a potential bounce-back season, the same holds true for Leake IMO.
I really don't get why people are so quick to give up on him. He is just one year removed from posting a 3.86 ERA with a 1.175 ERA and has an elite bat for his position. Yes, his 2012 was lackluster and uninspiring, but this is a kid who has posted three straight seasons of league average-ish pitching before his 25th birthday, all without the benefit of being able to hone his skills in the minor leagues. Do you have any idea how incredibly rare that is?
I could definitely see him taking a big step forward in 2013 much like Homer Bailey did in 2012.
There are a lot of differences between Leake and Bailey.
I think Leake is an asset as a league average starter, but I just don't think he has much upside beyond that. Unlike Bailey, he never projected to better than a #3/#4 starter, so I don't see why he suddenly would become one.
And while I agree he has an elite bat for his position, so did Micah Owings and Bill Gullickson.
However like Bailey, he is going to start to get expensive after next year. And I'd rather keep expensive pitchers like Cueto, Latos and Bailey.