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Giants trade rumors: Talks heating up for Mike Leake

The Giants already have a crowded rotation, but are actively looking to add another starter.

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Update (12:16 pm): According to Bob Nightengale, there are two favorites for Mike Leake

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mike Leake expected to be traded to <a href="">#SFGiants</a> or <a href="">#Yankees</a>, and if he goes to NL West, could perform like Jake Peavy a year ago when traded.</p>&mdash; Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) <a href="">July 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Original story: The Giants arguably have seven starters they can turn to, but behind Madison Bumgarner, Chris Heston, and Jake Peavy, there doesn't seem to be much confidence in the other four. Tim Hudson has struggled, Matt Cain has made only five starts this year, Ryan Vogelsong has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, and Tim Lincecum is on the DL. With so much uncertainty surrounding their rotation, the Giants are hoping to add someone who's more dependable; and that might very well be Mike Leake.

It was reported earlier that San Francisco missed out on both Cole Hamels, and David Price, despite making late pushes to acquire them. In fact, the Giants were so close on Hamels, that he'd already agreed to waive his no trade clause in the event that the Phillies wanted to pull the trigger.

While Bobby Evans and his front office are trying to get Leake, so too are the Blue Jays and Yankees, according to Jon Heyman. It's unclear if there's a favorite among these three teams, or if there could be a mystery team we haven't yet heard of, but Bob Nightengale is reporting that he will be traded before the deadline has passed.