SP,RP - BAL
The Orioles are bringing back left-hander Wade LeBlanc on a split deal that will pay him $700K in the majors.
LeBlanc was cut loose by Baltimore this week but quickly returns to the club. He has a 4.55 ERA over 240 career games (120 starts). The 37-year-old has impressed so far this spring, allowing just two earned runs over eight innings while striking out seven. He will provide Baltimore with depth, a veteran presence, and low-risk upside.
Orioles LHP Wade LeBlanc (elbow) is completely healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
LeBlanc said it took 10-11 weeks for the stress reaction in his left elbow to completely heal. He’s fully recovered and ready to compete for a spot in the Orioles rotation. LeBlanc owned a (1-0) record along with an 8.06 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and a 13:8 K:BB across 22 1/3 innings in 2020.
Wade LeBlanc signed a one-year minor league deal with the Orioles. He will be paid a base salary of $700K.
LeBlanc had a horrendous 2020 season with the Orioles, pitching to an 8.06 ERA over 22 innings. LeBlanc has a career 4.55 ERA with a career 10% K-BB% rate - he is irrelevant in most fantasy leagues.
Free agent Wade LeBlanc has been throwing bullpen sessions on his own and preparing to showcase in front of scouts in the coming weeks, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
LeBlanc dealt with a stress fracture in his elbow during the 2020 season and that likely had something to do with the horrible numbers he put up. He clocked a 8.06 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings (six starts) with Baltimore. If he performs well in his showcase he could end up with a minor league contract.
Wade LeBlanc has been moved to the 60-day IL with a left elbow stress reaction. It's a bone injury, which is much better than a muscle/ligament injury, per manager Brandon Hyde.
LeBlanc should come back early next year, but he will likely continue to be relevant in only AL-only leagues. He finishes his season with an 8.06 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts in 22 and 1/3 innings.