Leake, 27, was projected to earn $9.5MM by Matt Swartz’s model. The new deal represents a healthy pay bump for the right-hander, who earned $5.9MM in 2014.
Leake pitched to a 3.70 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 33 starts last season, his third straight campaign with 30+ starts. Advanced metrics such as xFIP (3.49) were kinder to him than ERA last season. This was Leake’s final year of arbitration eligibility and he’ll be able to hit the open market next winter.