Marlins acquire LeBlanc

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.

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