The Marlins have acquired left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher John Baker.
LeBlanc went 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA in parts of four seasons in San Diego. The Lake Charles native owns most pitching records at Louisiana high school baseball powerhouse Barbe, where he was a two-time First Team All-State selection and won 16 games with a 0.45 ERA as a senior in 2003 before going on to the University of Alabama.
According to Larry Beinfest, the Marlins’ president of baseball operations, LeBlanc will have a chance to win a spot in Miami’s starting rotation in spring training. Otherwise, he could return to Triple-A with the Zephyrs – LeBlanc went 9-1 in 17 starts with Tucson last season.
The offseason is in full swing, with players beginning to sign contracts for 2012, and the winter meetings just around the corner. Several Zephyrs from 2011 have signed deals elsewhere, and the Marlins have announced a few signings of their own, re-signing catcher Clint Sammons, and inking pitcher Beau Jones, a 2005 graduate of Destrehan High School.
Here’s the list of 2011 Zephyrs who are free agents, and where some have already signed:
Darin Downs (Tigers)
Vinny Rottino (Mets)
Joe Thurston (Astros)