Originally Posted by Beatlessp
OK how about a WAR of 3.0? .2 behind homer and good for 3rd on the staff behind Latos at 3.8 and Bailey at 3.2. all I'm saying is that he's not a bad pitcher, but I do admit that his bad games are like Bronson's...Coyote ugly. But the dude can deal when he's on. Just arguing that he is not a horrible pitcher.
I wouldn't back off won loss record. Leake had 21 decisions and won twice as often as he lost. And it wasn't some fluke, he had a solid 3.37 ERA.
Now he did have ten no-decisions, so those games need to be explored, but they couldn't be that bad given his ERA.
I know that it's more fashionable to rely on WAR or xFIP or to focus on peripherals, but I think most teams would view Leake as a successful pitcher in 2013.
Take along with that his relative youth, his health, his athleticism, his good hitting and fielding, and I think Leake is quite valuable. His big downside is he isn't a huge bat misser. Many teams prefer guys who strike out more hitters.
But Leake is valuable and I would only trade him for very good value. Particularly with the injuries to so many others on the Reds last season.