Leone came to St. Louis in the deal that sent Randal Grichuk to Toronto. At the time, Leone was coming off of a strong 2017 season and seemed likely to play a significant role in the Cards’ pen. The tenure did not go as hoped. Leone has contributed only 64 2/3 innings of 5.15 ERA ball at the MLB level over the past two seasons.
Despite the struggles, there’ll be interest in the 28-year-old Leone. He has produced a strong 14.3% swinging-strike rate in St. Louis and averaged 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. Leone was also able to produce good results last year in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, working to a 2.84 ERA with 11.9 K/9 against 4.0 BB/9 in 31 2/3 innings.