The Yankees have agreed to a minor-league deal with lefty Wade LeBlanc, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Tuesday. The deal, which was first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, will guarantee a base of $1 million in the majors.
LeBlanc, 33, logged 68 innings in the Pirates bullpen last season, posting a 4.50 ERA and 7.1 K/9 in 50 appearances. He’ll compete to factor into a Yankees bullpen that currently projects to have two lefties— Chasen Shreve and closer Aroldis Chapman.
LeBlanc is a veteran of nine major-league seasons with the Padres, Marlins, Astros, Angels, Yankees, Mariners and Pirates. He appeared in one game as a Yankee in 2014, being claimed off waivers by New York for two weeks in between stints with the Angels.
LeBlanc is unlikely to be the last pitching addition for the Yankees this winter, as the team is considering high-end starters after re-signing CC Sabathia to a one-year deal. Of course, the Yanks’ biggest move of the offseason came early in its trade for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.