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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PADRES: Team acquires catcher Baker for LeBlanc

Will LeBlanc fare well away from his primate teammate?

The Padres have strengthened their catching situation with the acquisition of John Baker from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday in exchange for pitcher Wade LeBlanc.
Baker is two-plus years removed from reconstructive elbow surgery and was limited to 31 games between the majors and minors last season. He hit .154 with one RBI for the Marlins in 13 at-bats.

But the left-handed hitting catcher averaged seven homers and 41 RBIs with a .281 average in 2008-09.

“There’s some risk because of the injury, but we examined him and we’re convinced the elbow is sound,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. “We now have three catchers and (Baker and Luis Martinez) have options.”

The Padres like Martinez, who hit .203 with 10 RBIs in 59 at-bats last season. But Baker has a stronger resume and the team feels it has good depth to back up starter Nick Hundley.
LeBlanc, a second-round pick in the 2006 amateur baseball draft, won a career-high eight games in 2010. He is 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA in 54 career games, including 52 starts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 03:05 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Vance W Posted: November 23, 2011 at 04:56 PM (#4000179)
Not sure I grasp this from San Diego's point of view. They must really be off LeBlanc to give up on an arm for a redundant backup catcher.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:01 PM (#4000183)
Not sure I grasp this from San Diego's point of view. They must really be off LeBlanc to give up on an arm for a redundant backup catcher.


Baker almost certainly would have been non-tendered too.
   3. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:51 PM (#4000211)
Wasn't Wade LeBlanc one of Tampa's big pitching prospects a few years ago? or am I thinking of someone else?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:53 PM (#4000215)
Well, LeBlanc does have a career 81 ERA+ so you couldn't blame them being off him. I'm also guessing he's out of options. I'm also not sure there's such a thing as a redundant backup C, at least as long as one of them can be stashed in the minors. Also Baker is under-sold in that excerpt. Before the injury, he had 570 PA of 106 OPS+ as a C. He might never do that again but if he's healthy and given he's LHB (to Hundley's RHB), he's a very nice backup and can probably grab some time at 1B and DH too.
   5. Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 05:59 PM (#4000222)
Wasn't Wade LeBlanc one of Tampa's big pitching prospects a few years ago?

He's been in the Padres organization since he was drafted. Was even a semi-featured character in The Bullpen Gospels.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM (#4000225)

Wasn't Wade LeBlanc one of Tampa's big pitching prospects a few years ago? or am I thinking of someone else?


Wade Townsend perhaps? He was a Rays first round pick, got hurt and busted and is now retired.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:04 PM (#4000229)
Wade Davis was one of Tampa's big prospects. Now he's a very mediocre pitcher.
   8. Greg K Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:37 PM (#4000260)
Sizemore signs with Cleveland too (I'll treat this as the random transaction thread)

One year, 5 mil with 4 mil in incentives.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:47 PM (#4000276)
Pirates signed Clint Barmes - I don't remember that being mentioned.

Phillies AAAA pitcher extraordinaire Drew Carpenter was waived in September, and now has been waived again by the Padres and picked up by the Blue Jays. He's still only 236.
   10. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:49 PM (#4000278)
Wade Davis, that was it. Thanks JJ1986.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 06:59 PM (#4000290)

Phillies AAAA pitcher extraordinaire Drew Carpenter was waived in September, and now has been waived again by the Padres and picked up by the Blue Jays. He's still only 236.


While that is younger than Arthur Rhodes, that is a bit old.
   12. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: November 23, 2011 at 07:15 PM (#4000302)
Did LeBlanc have a pseudonym in The Bullpen Gospels? Was there ever a thread to attempt to find some of the real names in the book? I realize he used composites for some, but maybe you could figure out some of the parts.

LeBlanc is a good example of the importance of park adjustments.
   13. formerly dp Posted: November 23, 2011 at 07:20 PM (#4000308)
Slow news day, eh?

Surprised Sizemore didn't get more than that, thought the Mets would be in on it and send Pagan packing...
   14. rlc Posted: November 23, 2011 at 08:03 PM (#4000335)
I expected the Mariners to make Sizemore an offer, too.
   15. Put a Milo Candini on him. (Dan Lee) Posted: November 23, 2011 at 08:06 PM (#4000341)
Did LeBlanc have a pseudonym in The Bullpen Gospels? Was there ever a thread to attempt to find some of the real names in the book?

LeBlanc was "Frenchy". There's a scene in the team bus where a hotshot rookie is mouthing off and, IIRC, refusing to give up his seat. That's (allegedly) Matt Bush.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: November 23, 2011 at 08:34 PM (#4000361)
Surprised Sizemore didn't get more than that

Really? Looks like a gift, at least on the guaranteed side.

The old Sizemore seems long gone. The last two injury-plagued years amount to 435 PA of an 83 OPS+ and negative WAR. The good defense appears gone (he might still be average). Even if you take the last 3 years, which seems a silly thing to do given the injuries, it's just a 98 OPS+ and 2.4 WAR in 950 PA. I can see him maybe getting more in incentives but he's got to get himself to 1 WAR to justify the $5 M and, to get there, he's probably going to trigger whatever the playing time incentives are and you end up paying him $9 M.

It's not the worst gamble in the world but he's more Kosuke Fukudome these days than he is GRADY SIZEMORE -- which is unfortunate.

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