Left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc has agreed to a deal to return to the Mariners, reported Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
LeBlanc was released by the Yankees late Friday. The 33-year old has nine seasons of big-league service to his resume, including a 2016 stint with the Mariners, when he started eight games and had a 4.50 ERA in 50 innings.
The Mariners had not confirmed the report.
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But it made some sense after LeBlanc was cut, especially with the Mariners looking for bullpen depth in the wake of David Phelps’ season-ending ulnar collateral ligament tear.
He’s apparently the Mariners’ go-to injury fill in. When he arrived in Seattle in June, 2016, he was filling in for then-injured Taijuan Walker.
For his career, LeBlanc is 30-35 with a 4.40 ERA as both as starter and reliever. He pitched last season with the Pirates, appearing in 68 innings, all out of the bullpen, with a 4.50 ERA.
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