The Mariners traded left-handed starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday afternoon, sending left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The Mariners considered re-adding LeBlanc to the 40-man roster and bringing him back to the active roster when Class AAA Tacoma’s season ended on Saturday. He was set to be insurance in case James Paxton had any lingering issues with his torn fingernail. But Paxton pitched well in his start on Sunday in Oakland and experienced no further damage to the nail. He is scheduled to start again on Saturday at Safeco Field. That made LeBlanc expendable.
LeBlanc, 32, made eight starts and three relief appearances for Seattle, posting a 3-0 record with a save and 4.50 ERA. The Mariners designated LeBlanc for assignment on Aug. 25 and outrighted him to Class AAA Tacoma after he cleared waivers on Sept. 2. He made one start for the Rainiers, pitching five innings and giving up four runs in a Pacifica Coast League playoff loss to El Paso.
With three starting pitchers from their opening day rotation injured — Felix Hernandez, Wade Miley, Taijuan Walker — the Mariners acquired LeBlanc from the Blue Jays on June 22 for a player to be named later or cash considerations. LeBlanc filled a spot in the rotation and pitched better than expected.
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