Southpaw Wade LeBlanc has signed with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League, according to a tweet from his agency. LeBlanc, who was non-tendered by the Angels this winter, performed decently in 2014 in limited duty. He managed a 3.45 ERA in 28 2/3 innings and was unscored-upon in 10 2/3 innings of two September starts necessitated by season-ending injuries to Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs.
The Angels announced they did not tender contracts to Gordon Beckham, Yoslan Herrera and Wade LeBlanc Tuesday. All three are now free agents.
The Angels are not expected to offer a contract to pitcher Wade LeBlanc, according to MLB.com. LeBlanc is expected to earn less than $1 million, but the team will still let him go in order to save some money. The 30-year-old LeBlanc posted a 3.94 ERA over 29 2/3 innings.
Mike Scioscia has declared that veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc has pitched his way into the postseason conversation for the Angels. LeBlanc, who was placed into the rotation after stalwart Matt Shoemaker was sidelined with an oblique injury, is coming off successive strong outings. He hurled 5 1/3 shutout innings in a win over Oakland on Tuesday night and has not allowed a run in his last 15 1/3 innings pitched. "Any time players perform well it's going to help you to be stronger and it will help you to make some decisions," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "We haven't made any decisions yet, but that's two strong starts from Wade." LeBlanc could land a postseason start if Shoemaker is not ready to return, though Cory Rasmus is another possibility.
Angels pitcher Wade LeBlanc earned a win Tuesday, giving up five hits and one walk in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out one in his team's 2-0 victory over the A's. LeBlanc (1-1) was removed after 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the second straight start, and he's managed to string together 15 2/3 scoreless innings over his last six outings after struggling initially upon joining the Angels. He owns a 4.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 18:7 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings. LeBlanc isn't scheduled for another start.