ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can opt out of his deal at the end of spring training and if he makes the major league roster, he will earn a $1 million salary.
LeBlanc, 33, spent last season with the Pirates, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 54/17 K/BB ratio across 68 innings spanning 50 relief appearances. It was the first season in which he was used exclusively out of the bullpen.
The Yankees aren’t hurting for rotation depth, so LeBlanc will likely be competing for a spot in the bullpen. Failing that, he would start the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if he decides not to opt out.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.