Originally Posted by MrRedLegger
I as much as anyone am enjoying the LTC's (esp. the price) we locked up a year ago but the Reds are not immune to contract prices going up. Seems about right for Leake given the market trends. I bet Latos and Bailey get close to what they're asking if arbitration is avoided.
May be right in terms of market trends, but intuitively Leake deal seems kind of high.
As I said on another thread, Leake, a ground ball pitcher, allowed 26 homers, ERA above 4.5, didn't make post season roster until an injury, then allowed five runs in key playoff game.
I've supported Leake on this site but I think he did quite well with this contract, used the arbitration process well, and now has something to prove in 2013.
I would add that it behooves Mike to have a good start this year, with Chapman likely in the pen getting ready to start later in the season. Leake right now seems most likely candidate to give way once Chappy is ready, although that could obviously change as the season goes forward.