Yankees sign Wade LeBlanc to minor league deal


The Yankees have signed left handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract. LeBlanc’s deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

LeBlanc, 33, appeared in a career high 50 games last season with the Pirates finishing with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP to go along with a 96 ERA+ and a 5-2 record. He has appeared in 176 big league games while making 79 starts.

Much like the Pirates of last season, the Yankees have no need for him to start but would not mind if he could be a left handed option out of the bullpen. He could push Chasen Shreve for a spot in the Yankees bullpen.

LeBlanc’s deal includes an opt out after Spring Training which could force the Yankees hand or even lead to a later transaction.

The Yankees bullpen is already considered a strength with Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle assured of spots. Shreve who held a 3.77 ERA. a 120 ERA+ and a 4-1 record last season is the most likely player to be affected by this signing.

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