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Marlins acquire left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Padres for catcher John Baker

Nov 22, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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The Marlins just announced that they have acquired left-hander Wade LeBlanc from the Padres in exchange for catcher John Baker.

The Marlins have 11 players who are eligible for arbitration this winter and John Buck is already locked in as their primary starting catcher, so swapping Baker for LeBlanc makes plenty of sense.

LeBlanc, 27, went 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA and 51/28 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 14 starts with the Padres this season. He will almost certainly miss pitching in the cozy confines of PETCO Park, as evidenced by his 2.97 career ERA at home and 6.16 ERA on the road, but he could be a decent fit in the back of Florida’s rotation. While they remain in the mix for C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle, adding a left-handed starter was a priority for the Marlins this winter.

Baker missed most of the season following Tommy John surgery, but batted .154 (2-for-13) after being activated from the disabled list in September. The 30-year-old backstop is a .271/.356/.401 hitter in the big leagues and has a .782 career OPS against right-handed pitching, so he could make for a nice little tandem with the right-handed hitting Nick Hundley.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Nothing for nothing, though if Baker returns to pre-surgical form this is a clean win for the Padres. Yeah, the Feesh are certainly going to make a splash this season at this rate.

    • crisisjunky - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

      lessee, Pujolds, Reyes, Buerle, Cespedes, C.J.,…..
      oh but Wade LeBlanc was out there all the time….

  2. mojosmagic - Nov 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Win for Padres, loss for Marlin fans as Skinflint Lauria dumps another salary for a bum.

    • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      Loria. Loria. LORIA.

      • vanmorrissey - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        Nice ‘gator. LeBlanc=Lepeu!

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