Originally Posted by Steve4192
I can't imagine why anyone would have wanted to dump Leake prior to last season. His rookie year in 2010 was a great success and in 2011 he was the second best pitcher on the Reds behind Johnny Cueto. On top of all that, he was being paid peanuts, freeing the Reds up to spend money elsewhere.
Unless 'a long time' is measured in months, I don't see how anyone could have wanted to get rid of Leake for 'a long time'.
I didn't like Leake when he was drafted. He's pitched OK (some good, some bad, lots of mediocre in the middle). I want the team to strive for better than "OK" at every position on the diamond, because you never know who is going to be needed at a key moment in the season. Last year, a better pitcher would possibly have helped the Reds advance in the post-season. Instead, Mike Leake was ineffective and the Reds went on to get dumped in the opening round.