LeBlanc was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on June 3 from the Los Angeles Angels in a part of their bullpen shuffle that saw Alfredo Aceves designated for assignment and sent down to the minors, Preston Claiborne optioned back to Class-AAA and LeBlanc and Jose Ramirez put on the 25-man roster.
LeBlanc pitched in one game for the Yankees against the Oakland A's; he allowed two runs in two innings, but was then designated for assignment this past Wednesday after the Yankees re-acquired David Huff from the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations.
LeBlanc refused his minor league assignment to Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre and elected to become a free agent, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday.
Wade LeBlanc declined his assignment to Triple-A and has become a free agent.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 15, 2014
LeBlanc, who is only 29-years-old, will likely find work elsewhere since he is a left-handed pitcher who can be used as both a starter and reliever. During his seven year career, LeBlanc has pitched for the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Houston Astros and recently with the Angels and Yankees. LeBlanc has a 7.36 ERA in two appearances this season.
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