Re: Why are we [the fans] so desperate to make a trade?
It seems everyone is really on board with trading Leake, and while I wouldn't necessarily be opposed I would like to point out some things about him that many seem to overlook... Even though he has had some struggles in GABP- as should really be expected of most 22,23,24 year olds- he still gets nearly 50% groundballs and has pitched to a career era on the road of 3.74 and it has never been over 3.8- very consistent production over 224 innings away from home- trade him away and he is a guy who is nearly a lock to throw up a 3.8 era or maybe less... Look what Trevor Cahill got in a trade last year- he and Leake are very similiar pitchers and I would imagine they should have very close to equal value... This is something that should be taken into consideration when moving him... Also these new contracts- Jeremy Guthrie just landed a $25 million deal... Leake may make half that over the next 3 years... He should be a very valuable trade asset because of these things and if moved it should only be for a player who can provide an immediate upgrade in a position of need... Otherwise he needs to stay. Yes, he deserves a rotation spot, and it would be uncool to put him in the pen or Louisville, but that's what happens on very good teams sometimes.