The Best and Worst Deals from the 2015 Trade Deadline


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Giants Acquire Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds

The San Francisco Giants were in contention for the National League West title nearing the trade deadline, and in an effort to shore up their rotation sent Keury Mella and Adam Duvall to the Reds in return for Mike Leake. At the time, Leake was 9-5 with a 3.66 ERA for a bad Reds team, but struggled in San Francisco as he went just 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA down the stretch, with the Giants missing the playoffs entirely. Leake left the Giants this offseason, signing a 5 year $80 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants not only missed the playoffs, and received poor results from Leake, but they also sent one of their top pitching prospects in Keury Mella to the Reds for a rental player. A perfect example of how high risk moves by “buyers” at the deadline can completely backfire.

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