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Angels sign Wade LeBlanc

Nov 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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Stockpiling rotation depth, the Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league contract after inking Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal last week.

LeBlanc posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this year and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 4.51 career ERA in 417 innings spent mostly as a starter.

His numbers in the minors aren’t really any better, but much like Volstad he simply gives the Angels another option to compete for a fifth starter or long reliever job. And he might end up joining Volstad in the Triple-A rotation.

  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    • asimonetti88 - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      I hope! We have a long way to go.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    LeBlanc pitched pretty well for the Feesh year before last, then began to despair as he realized that pitching well for them probably meant he’d stay with them. It’s a vicious cycle. But I do like the way “being buried” has been re-phrased as “adding depth.”

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      He pitched pretty well with the Padres in 2010, though he had the twin problems of not getting any runs to work with – in seven starts, when he left the game his team hadn’t scored any runs. In four games, he left with the lead, but got hung with the loss, because the bullpen let the runners he put on score, and twice he got pulled while in the lead, one out short of the minimum five innings, and a reliever got the win. Former lefty pitcher Bud Black had him on a short leash and dropped him from the rotation just before the Padres went on their 10 game losing streak to allow the Giants to catch up.

  3. oside760 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    LOL good luck with that one Angels. When this dude was on the Padres you just knew the game was going to be blown when he entered. I’m pretty sure nothing has changed since then.

  4. spc7ray - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    stockpiling pitchers? Is that what this Yahoo said? Yeah right -I guess

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