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Wade LeBlanc signs with Japanese team


Left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who pitched for the Angels and Yankees this year, has signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan.

LeBlanc has bounced around a lot, playing parts of seven seasons for five different teams while posting a 4.47 ERA in 447 innings.

The 30-year-old former second-round draft pick was non-tendered by the Angels.

2014 Non-tender Tracker

Kris Medlen AP

We’ll be compiling the non-tenders as they come in prior to Tuesday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents.


Angels – INF Gordon Beckham, RP Yoslan Herrera, SP Wade LeBlanc

Astros – none

Athletics – 1B-OF Kyle Blanks, OF Andrew Brown

Blue Jays – OF Andy Dirks, OF John Mayberry Jr., 1B Justin Smoak

Indians – none

Mariners – INF Carlos Rivero

Orioles – none

Rangers – RP Michael Kirkman, RP Alexi Ogando, INF Adam Rosales

Rays – none

Red Sox – 1B-3B Juan Francisco

Royals – RP Francisley Bueno

Tigers – none

Twins – none

White Sox – SP Scott Carroll, RP Scott Snodgress

Yankees – SP Jose Campos, OF Slade Heathcott, RP David Huff


Braves – SP Brandon Beachy, SP Kris Medlen, SP Gus Schlosser

Brewers – none

Cardinals – INF Daniel Descalso

Cubs – C John Baker, RP Wesley Wright

Diamondbacks – none

Dodgers – none

Giants – none

Marlins – none

Mets – OF Eric Young Jr.

Nationals – none

Padres – SS Everth Cabrera

Phillies – none

Pirates – 1B Gaby Sanchez, RP Chaz Roe

Reds – RP Logan Ondrusek, RP Curtis Partch

Rockies – RP Kraig Sitton

Angels expected to non-tender Gordon Beckham

Gordon Beckham Getty

Tomorrow night is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man roster. With that in mind, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels are expected to non-tender infielder Gordon Beckham.

Beckham was acquired from the White Sox in late August and batted .268 with two home runs and a .756 OPS in 61 plate appearances down the stretch. The 28-year-old owns a disappointing .660 OPS (80 OPS+) since his rookie season in 2009 and simply isn’t worth the estimated $5 million salary that he would likely receive in his final year of arbitration. The Angels are interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate to serve as a backup infielder, but the former top prospect will be free to explore opportunities elsewhere.

The Angels are also expected to non-tender left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but David Freese will be tendered a contract for 2015. Freese earned $5.05 million this past season while batting .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI in 134 games. He’s arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

Mike Scioscia is considering using a three-man rotation in the ALDS


Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Angels manager Mike Scioscia is contemplating going to a three-man rotation in the American League Division Series. That would obviously include Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Matt Shoemaker (assuming he returns as expected from a mild oblique injury).

The Halos’ rotation beyond those three isn’t terribly appetizing. For the fourth spot, Scioscia would be choosing between Hector Santiago and Wade LeBlanc. Though Santiago has posted a 3.55 ERA, he has barely averaged five innings per start. LeBlanc pitched well against the Mariners yesterday, but it was only his second start of the season.

Scioscia is just thinking about the idea now; nothing is set in stone. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him go through with it, though.