CINCINNATI — As it became more and more apparent that Mike Leake’s days with the Cincinnati Reds were dwindling fast, Leake became pointedly honest.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be gone by the trade deadline,” he said a couple of weeks ago. “All I ask is that I get traded to a contender.”
Leake, a west coast native, couldn’t have landed in a better situation. An hour or so after the Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night, it was announced that Leake was traded to the San Francisco Giants, the defending World Series champion Giants, the World Series champion in three of the past five years.
Leake couldn’t have made a better deal if he had done it himself. And for Leake, the Reds are receiving infielder Adam Duvall and right handed pitcher Keury Mella.
Duvall, 26, is a native of Louisville, Ky., and was the Giants 11th round draft pick in 2010. He was hitting .279 with 29 homers, 25 doubles and 79 RBI for Class AAA Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League.
Mella, 21, is a prospect. The Giants signed him in 2011 as a non-drafted free agent. In four professional seasons he is 15-12 in 57 starts with a 3.01 earned run average.
Leake, 4-0 with a 0.60 earned run average in his last four starts, was not visible in the Reds clubhouse either before or after Thursday’s game and his locker was spartan, nothing in it but the bare necessities. It was if he hac the non-essentials packed and ready for shipment to whatever major league city the Reds send him.
And it is San Francisco.
WILL THERE BE more before Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline. There are reports that the New York Mets have interest in outfielder Jay Bruce and that the Ariona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros are interested in pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
Arizona general manager Dave Stewart, who knows a thing or four about pitching, loves Chapman and would love to make a deal for him. If he can put together the right package, probably some hitters, he could make that deal.
THERE WAS SADNESS at another locker in the Reds clubhouse Thursday. Relief pitcher Nate Adcock was near tears as he talked about upcoming Tommy John surgery.
YES, ANOTHER REDS pitcher has gone down and Adcock is the latest. He said Tommy John surgery to repair his completely torn ulna collateral ligament is tentatively set for Tuesday
“It’s terrible news,” said Adcock. “I pitched in Colorado and after the game my triceps locked up on me. I had a big cramp and a big knot. I hoped treatment would make it go away. It just kept lingering. I hoped they’d give me a diagnosis of a triceps strain.”
Instead it was the worst of news for a pitcher, a torn UCL and Tommy John surgery.
“A complete tear,” he said. “I’m in complete shock. No other choice but Tommy John. It is tough because you can’t establish yourself with this team. It is a huge blow to me and my family as well.”
ADCOCK, 27, HAS pitched professionally nine years (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Arizona, Texas, Cincinnati) with only a year-and-a-half of major league experience. He was getting a chance with the Reds this year and was 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 13 appearances.
Adcock is the seventh Reds pitcher to go on the disabled list this season.
TAKING HIS PLACE is rookie right handed pitcher Keyvius Sampson. Left hander David Holmberg was called up from Class AAA Louisville to make Thursday’s start vacated by traded Johnny Cueto, the 23rd different pitcher used by the Reds this season.
When Sampson takes the mound out of the bullpen he will be pitcher No. 24. He was a starter in Louisville and pitched eight shutout innings in his last start. But he was being moved back to the bullpen after the Reds acquired left handers Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb from Kansas City in the Cueto deal and placed them in the Louisville rotation.
REDS MANAGER Bryan Price was impressed with the 6-2, 225-pound native of Gainesville, Fla. during spring training. He was signed off waivers last winter from the Padres system.
“He fills our need as a length guy who is throwing the ball well,” said Price. “He has worked hard and made some adjustments with (Louisville pitching coach) Ted Power and moved his positon on the rubber to command the strike zone better and it paid immediate dividends.
“I really liked Kevvuis in spring training because he had a real easy to repeat delivery,” Price added. “His arm is always in position to throw quality strikes and he had three really good pitches in the fastball, curveball and changeup. His delivery is consistent enough so that he can be durable in the bullpen and bounce back quickly.”