BRENT STECKER

Mariners reportedly bring back LHP Wade LeBlanc in relief role

Mar 24, 2018, 10:04 AM
Wade LeBlanc successfully transitioned to the bullpen after his first stint in Seattle. (AP)...
Wade LeBlanc successfully transitioned to the bullpen after his first stint in Seattle. (AP)
(AP)

Days after losing David Phelps for the season due to Tommy John surgery, the Mariners have reportedly brought back a familiar face to help with bullpen depth.

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Wade LeBlanc, who made eight starts and 11 total appearances for Seattle in 2016, has been signed to a major league contract by the Mariners, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

LeBlanc, a 33-year-old left-hander, went 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA with the Mariners two seasons ago after joining the team midseason as a fill-in starter. He moved on to the Pirates later that year and had a strong tenure with Pittsburgh that saw him made 50 relief appearances in 2017. He had a 4.50 ERA with four holds, one save and a .243 batting average against.

LeBlanc made seven relief appearances this spring before asking for his release by the Yankees.

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