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Last season, the Giants added Jake Peavy to the rotation for the stretch drive towards the playoffs.
This season, they could look to once again bolster their rotation before the trade deadline on July 31.
Giants executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean and senior advisor Lee Elder were seen in Chicago Friday and Saturday, and were reportedly scouting Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
After news that #SFGiants' Sabean and Elder were at Wrigley for Cueto on Friday, some fans opined that team is more likely to pursue Leake.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 14, 2015
Well, FWIW, #SFGiants' Sabean and Elder also were at Wrigley last night to see Leake.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 14, 2015
Cueto and Leake are both free agents at the end of the season, and with the Reds in fourth place in the NL Central with a record of 28-33, they could look to start dealing players soon.
An All-Star last season, Cueto finished second in the NL Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw, and is making $10 million this season.
In 12 starts for the Reds this year, Cueto is 4-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 85.1 innings pitched. But he has been dealing with stiffness in his pitching elbow. He underwent an MRI on May 26 and no structural damage was found.
As for Leake, the former first-round pick is 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched this season. He's in his final year of arbitration and is making $9.78 million this season.
While they are scouting pitchers outside the organization, the Giants are hopeful that they will get Peavy and Matt Cain back from injuries soon.
Cain made a rehab start Tuesday with Double-A Richmond, and pitched 3.2 innings. He gave up three hits and two earned runs while striking out two. His fastball touched 94 mph.
"I'm as close to 'normal' as I could be," Cain said Wednesday.
Peavy has made four rehab starts with Triple-A Sacramento since going on the disabled list on April 18 with back and hip injuries.
In his last start on June 11, Peavy gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched against El Paso, the Triple-A affiliate of the Padres.
Over the four starts in the minors, Peavy has a 6.48 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched.