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Reports: Mike Leake, Cards agree to $80M deal

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 13:32:39-05

ST.  LOUIS – Another player dumped by the Reds is going to the rival Cardinals.

Free-agent pitcher Mike Leake has agreed to an $80 million, five-year deal, according to media reports. The deal includes a mutual option that could increase the total value to $94 million. Leake also gets a full no-trade clause, according to reports.

The Reds traded the right-hander to the Giants at the July trading deadline. Leake  had a one-year, $9.75 million contract with the Reds last season.

Free-agent catcher Brayan Pena recently signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Cardinals. He made  $1.4 million with the Reds in 2015.

The Reds got two prospects, infielder Adam Duvall and right-hander Keury Mella, for Leake. Duvall could wind up playing third base for the Reds next year.

Leake, 28, went 62-47 in five seasons with the Reds after they drafted him out of Arizona State with the eighth pick in the 2009 draft.