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Orioles, veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc agree to minor league deal

An endless pursuit of viable starting pitchers led the Orioles to veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who agreed to a minor league deal with a spring training invite Tuesday that could be worth $800,000 if he makes the major league roster, according to an industry source.

The well-traveled LeBlanc, 35, has pitched for seven major league teams in a career that began in 2008 at age 23 for the San Diego Padres.

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LeBlanc holds a career 4.46 ERA in 234 major league appearances (114 starts) and his 5.71 ERA in 2019 with the Seattle Mariners was his highest since his rookie year. His 1.451 WHIP was his highest since 2013.

While LeBlanc doesn’t miss many bats, he’s been able to provide innings and versatility at every stop in his career.

He joins an Orioles rotation competition in spring training that features John Means, Alex Cobb and Asher Wojciechowski as established arms and a host of others in camp trying to crack the five-man group.

Left-hander Keegan Akin, right-hander Dean Kremer, free-agent signing Kohl Stewart, Rule 5 picks Brandon Bailey and Michael Rucker and right-hander David Hess are all on the 40-man roster, while spring training nonroster invitees include right-handers Brady Rodgers, Tom Eshelman and Chandler Shepherd and lefties Zac Lowther, Alex Wells, Bruce Zimmermann and Rob Zastryzny.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

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