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Lefty Wade LeBlanc agrees to a minor league deal with Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Wade LeBlanc has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees and will report to major league spring training.

The 33-year-old LeBlanc was 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 50 relief appearances last year for Pittsburgh, which declined his $1.25 million option for 2018.

LeBlanc is 30-35 in nine seasons with a 4.40 ERA in 79 starts and 97 relief appearances for San Diego (2008-11), Miami (2012-13), Houston (2013), the Yankees (2014), Los Angeles Angels (2014), Seattle (2016) and Pittsburgh.

He was claimed by the Yankees off waivers from Angels and pitched one game, on June 4, 2014, against Oakland. He allowed two singles, a one-out intentional walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning. LeBlanc was designated for assignment a week later.

LeBlanc would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.

His deal was first reported by ESPN.

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Updated January 16, 2018

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