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The Seattle Mariners added an arm to buoy their sinking playoff hopes with the acquisition of right-handed starter Mike Leake on Wednesday.

Once again, the Mariners have made a significant trade after last month's non-waiver trade deadline. He is owed $48 million over the next three seasons. He has posted a 5.78 ERA in the 16 starts since then, but he publicly wanted out of St. Louis, and maybe the move to the Mariners will do him well. James Paxton, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma are all now on the disabled list, not to mention Drew Smyly, who underwent Tommy John surgery and won't return until late next season at the earliest.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Cincinnati. Sixteen different pitchers have started games for Seattle this season. Leake started 2017 red-hot, with a 2.24 ERA after 10 starts. The St. Louis Cardinals signed him as a free agent in the winter of 2015, giving him a large contract that will pay him $17 million in 2018, $16 million in 2019, and $15 million in 2020. They trail the Cubs by five games heading into action Wednesday, and they are five and a half games out of the second wild card spot in the National League, trailing the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners acquire an $18 million option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

An global signing out of Venezuela in 2012, the 21-year-old Ascanio split the season between Low-A Clinton and High-A Modesto, appearing in 3 games with Triple-A Tacoma.

The 21-year-old Ascanio was hitting a combined.217 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs between stops at Class A Modesto, Double-A Clinton and Triple-A Tacoma.


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