Tag:Mike Leake
Posted on: July 11, 2010 1:41 pm

Arroyo won't talk extension

Bronson Arroyo Maybe Bronson Arroyo is a fan of The Who, because he says he won't get fooled again.

Stung by signing a contract with Boston in 2006 only to get traded to the Reds before the season started, the Cincinnati right-hander told the Cincinnati Enquirer he plans to follow through with the option year of his contract in 2011. He won't negotiate an extension that would give him more years but reduce his $11 million salary for next season.

"I’m not going to stay for a discount,” he said. "I’ve done that once. Loyalty in this game is the utmost. I got to look out for me. For what I’ve done the last six years in this game, to sign back for less than what my option is would be insane."

That stance puts the Reds in a tough spot, because it means they have to decide right now whether Arroyo is worth $11 million next year at age 34. The buyout on the option is $2 million.

If they're not willing to commit that money, they need to trade him before the deadline, but they're a first-place team and he's been a valuable starter (9-4, 4.04).

On the other hand, Arroyo could bring a big return on the trade market and, if there's any area the Reds have abundance, it's starting pitching. They have Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Travis Wood, with Edinson Volquez, Aaron Harang and Homer Bailey due to return from the disabled list.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 10, 2010 4:09 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 5:04 pm

Putting Reds' collapses in perspective

Mike Leake Not many pitchers have experienced precisely what Mike Leake was feeling Friday night when he was burying his face in a towel, unable to watch or comprehend what was happening.

The Reds' rookie right-hander sailed into the ninth in Philadelphia with a 7-1 lead, only to watch it collapse. He gave up four earned runs in the ninth, the Phillies scored two more to tie it and then won it on Cody Ransom's two-run homer in the 10th.

It was deja vu for Leake, who also started a game May 20 in which the Braves overcame a 9-3 deficit in the ninth to win on a walk-off grand slam by Brooks Conrad.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Reds are the first team in major-league history to lose two games in a season in which it led by six or more entering the bottom of the ninth. Leake is not only the first person to have that happen to him twice in a season, he's the only man to have it happen to him more than once in an entire career.

At least the Reds are not alone, not even this week. The Rockies scored nine in the ninth to beat St. Louis 12-9 on Tuesday. Elias says this is the first time in history three teams have pulled such a big comeback in one season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 4:41 pm

Reds keeping an eye on Leake, skip a start

Mike Leake The Reds will skip Mike Leake's next start and are looking at ways to keep his innings under wraps.

Leake, the team's first-round pick last season, threw 142 innings at Arizona State last season and 89 1/3 innings already this season. The Reds want to limit Leake's innings to "probably 170" Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty tells the Cincinnati Enquirer 's John Fay .

"We have a round number," Jocketty told Fay. "Probably 170, but it's not etched in stone."

Leake was scheduled to start Sunday in the series finale against Cleveland. Instead, Leake will start Tuesday in the second game of the series against Philadelphia at Great American Ball Park.

Leake is 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA. He picked up a no-decision Monday in the Reds' victory over the A's. His 89 1/3 innings are the second-most by a rookie pitcher so far this season, behind Cleveland's Mitch Talbot (90 1/3). St. Louis' Jaime Garcia has thrown 85 1/3 innings.

Leake is averaging 15.44 pitches per inning, the 17th fewest in the National League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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