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Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:41 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 6:47 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres have agreed to trade catcher John Baker and pitcher Wade LeBlanc, the two teams announced Tuesday night.

The Padres acquire Baker, a 30-year-old catcher who missed the overwhelming majority of the 2011 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. The only time he's gotten close to regular playing time was in 2009, when Baker hit .271/.349/.410 with nine homers, 50 RBI and 25 doubles. He could serve as a backup to Nick Hundley, though a straight platoon is possible, as Baker hits left-handed while Hundley is right-handed.

The Marlins land LeBlanc, a 27-year-old left-handed starting pitcher. He made just 14 starts in 2011, going 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He closed the season on a strong note, putting up a 2.25 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 20 innings during his last three starts. The Marlins have been rumored to be looking to trade both Ricky Nolasco and Chris Volstad, while also reportedly pursuing free agent starting pitchers C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle. Thus, it's unclear right now exactly what LeBlanc's role will be for the ballclub.

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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:30 am
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

The Marlins and Padres are trading depth as of right now neither one of these players mean anything. Nolasco and Volstad both the Marlins coaching staff has ruined with their hair brained managers.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:01 am

Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

Wow the Padres are making some monster moves to build quite a contender!

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:30 am

Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

SO???? Well we know what the Padres are going to be this coming season.  The owner needs to sell to someone who wants to make a better team. They have a Nice ball park. A little big but should be good enough to host an allstar game. I wonder who they pissed at MLB headquarters to be overlooked for so many years. Great location. Fun venue of places to come and see. But who cares?

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:59 pm

Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

Good trade for Padres - Baker a decent backup catcher and LeBlanc has done nothing since Friends.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:01 pm

Marlins, Padres agree to swap Baker, LeBlanc

Nolasco should have been traded two years ago. The Marlins ruined Volstad by rushing him to the majors at age 20. Hopefully he can land somewhere that has good coaching to fix the crap he has become.

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