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Giants, Mike Leake have mutual interest to work out contract

The 27-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season.

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San Francisco and right-hander Mike Leake are enjoying their time together, and apparently the two sides are both interested in continuing their relationship, according to Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News.

Leake was brought in at the deadline in order to help the Giants stablize their rotation and chase down the Dodgers in the NL West standings. While they have falling to being 8.5 games back of the Dodgers, the Giants have liked what they have seen from Leake.

The 27-year-old has sported a 4.31 ERA in 31.1 innings with his new club and provides a combination of youth and solid production.

Leake has never been the dominant pitcher in a rotation, but over the course of six years has provided similar numbers each and every year. His best season was 2013, when he went 14-7 with a 3.37 ERA, isn't vastly different from his career average of a 3.88 ERA. He is a pitcher that most teams will view as a number three or four in their rotation, but has a ton of value.

He will be courted by a number of teams looking to shore up their rotation because of how unstable pitching can be throughout a 162-game season. So even though there is mutual interest for these two partners for next season and beyond, nothing is guaranteed just yet.