SUNDAY: Seattle has announced the signing. LeBlanc’s deal is worth $650K, and he’ll have a chance at an additional $50K in incentives, Crasnick tweets.
SATURDAY: The Mariners have agreed to a major league contract with left-hander Wade LeBlanc, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. LeBlanc was released by the Yankees just yesterday. Terms of his new pact with Seattle are currently unknown.
It’s certainly a lucky break for LeBlanc, who settled for a minors deal with the Yankees in mid-January. Less than 24 hours after his release, he was able to secure a superior contract. As Crasnick notes, a season-ending injury likely created an opening for LeBlanc in Seattle, who actually comes with reverse platoon splits for his career. That makes him a viable matchup against right-handers in Phelps’ stead.
Across 68 innings with the Pirates last season, the southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA (though his xFIP places his true talent close that of a 4.00 ERA pitcher), with a respectable 3.18 K/BB ratio. He carried a 45.9% ground ball rate, which was a vast improvement upon his 36.7% lifetime mark.
This will be LeBlanc’s second bout with the Mariners, for whom he tossed 50 innings of 4.50 ERA ball back in 2016. He’s also pitched for the Padres, Angels, Astros, Marlins, Yankees and Pirates over the course of his ten year MLB career.