By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that they have acquired Wade LeBlanc from the Seattle Mariners for either cash considerations or a player to be named later.
LeBlanc was a second round draft choice of the San Diego Padres back in 2006. He didn’t have much success pitching in the Padres rotation, as he posted a 4.54 ERA with an ERA+ of 81 from 2008 to 2011.
After spending 2015 pitching in Japan for the Saitama Seibu Lions, LeBlanc inked a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason. The 32-year-old southpaw was lights out for AAA Buffalo, posting an ERA of 1.71 in 14 starts.
In June, Seattle acquired LeBlanc from Toronto in a cash deal. He pitched 11 games with the Mariners, eight of which were starts, where he posted a 4.50 ERA. His Fielding Independent Pitching was much higher at 5.68. This marks the second time this season that the Pirates and Mariners have made a deal involving a pitcher, the other being the Arquimedes Caminero trade in August.