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LeBlanc reportedly inks Minors deal with Yanks

Veteran left-hander's contract includes invitation to big league camp
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have added bullpen depth by signing veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to a report by ESPN.com. The team has not announced any of their Minor League signings.

LeBlanc, 33, pitched in a career-high 50 games for the Pirates last season, finishing 18 games while going 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 68 innings, LeBlanc permitted 64 hits and 35 runs (34 earned), walking 17 and striking out 54.

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have added bullpen depth by signing veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to a report by ESPN.com. The team has not announced any of their Minor League signings.

LeBlanc, 33, pitched in a career-high 50 games for the Pirates last season, finishing 18 games while going 5-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In 68 innings, LeBlanc permitted 64 hits and 35 runs (34 earned), walking 17 and striking out 54.

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In nine big league seasons, LeBlanc is 30-35 with a 4.40 ERA in 176 games (79 starts). He made a brief appearance on the Yankees' 2014 roster, allowing two runs in one inning.

New York's bullpen is again expected to be a strength in 2018, with Dellin Betances, David Robertson, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle expected to set up for closer Aroldis Chapman. LeBlanc could challenge left-hander Chasen Shreve, who was 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 44 appearances last year.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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