The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they acquired left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc from an interestingly late season trade with the Seattle Mariners. Reports say that the Mariners will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.
According to Seattle Times, the Mariners have considered re-adding LeBlanc to their 40-man roster and bring him back to the active roster when Class AAA Tacoma’s season ended on Saturday. LeBlanc was set to be insurance just in case James Paxton had any more issues with his torn fingernail.
Paxton played and pitched well in his start on Sunday in Oakland and reportedly experienced no issues with his nail. Furthermore, Paxton will continue to start on Saturday at Safeco Field. This decision made LeBlanc expendable.
In an article published in Bleacher Report, LeBlanc played 11 games and a total of eight starts this year for the Mariners. LeBlanc reportedly provides more rotational depth for the Pittsburgh Pirates after losing Gerrit Cole. LeBlanc’s stats this season consist of a 4.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 50 innings of work.
The 32-year old LeBlanc has also played for the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and New York Tankees since his major league stint in 2008.
The Mariners made a deal with the Blue Jays three months ago to acquire the pitcher. He played quality periods for the Blue Jays and made himself useful when the team needs him most.
LeBlanc started playing for the Mariners in late June.
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