Wade Matthew LeBlanc
Height: 6'3" Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: Left / Left
Born: 08/07/1984 in Lake Charles, Louisiana
College: University of Alabama
Acquired: Signed as a free agent (03/23/2018)
MLB Debut: 09/03/2008
Free Agent after: 2018 season
After David Phelps was lost for the year to Tommy John surgery, GM Jerry Dipoto had a vacancy in his bullpen. Late in spring camp he filled it with LeBlanc, re-acquiring the veteran lefty a day after he was cut from the Yankees' camp. LeBlanc spent part of 2016 with the M's, coming over in a June trade with Toronto and then leaving in a September waiver trade with Pittsburgh. In a year-plus with the Pirates, LeBlanc worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time and did reasonably well, going 6-2 with a 3.94 ERA and striking out 64 in 80 innings. LeBlanc has been around a bit, having seen action with eight Major League clubs as well as Japan's Seibu Lions, for whom he made eight starts in 2015.
Though a southpaw, LeBlanc has been more effective against right-handed batters than lefties; over his career, righties have managed a .255 batting average against him while left-handers hit .305. Last year was more pronounced, with a .217 mark for RHBs and .295 for LHBs. The reverse-splits rule him out for LOOGY duties, but he should otherwise be capable in the middle innings.