The Miami Marlins acquired Wade LeBlanc from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for catcher John Baker. Why? Well apparently, the Marlins needed a lefty and the Padres could use another catcher. Everybody's happy for now.
LeBlanc went 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA for the Padres last season, sucking for most of 2011 and spending some time with Triple-A Tuscon until winning three of his last four decisions. Obviously, he hopes that convincing finish will still be on the minds of the club when he tries to make the team this spring. Here and there over four seasons with San Diego, LeBlanc went 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA, including two relief appearances.
Meanwhile, Baker was limited to 16 games last season after having elbow reconstruction surgery in September 2010. He went 2-for-13 as a full-time pinch hitter, compiling a .271 career batting average with 14 home runs and 89 RBI.
Hopefully LeBlanc likes the new uniforms in Miami. Time for some much-needed career resurrection, guys!
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