The Orioles have another candidate for their starting rotation.
Veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc has reached an agreement on a minor league contract with the Orioles and will make $800,000 if he makes the team, according to a report by ESPN.com, which first reported the news that was confirmed by an industry source.
The 35-year-old left-hander has pitched for seven big league teams in an 11-year major league career that began in 2008.
LeBlanc was 6-7 with a 5.71 ERA in 26 games, eight of them starts, with Seattle last year. In his career, LeBlanc is 45-47 with a 4.46 ERA in 234 games, 114 starts.
In 2013, LeBlanc pitched four games for Houston when Orioles general manager Mike Elias was with the Astros.
LeBlanc has also pitched for San Diego, Miami, the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh.
He would join John Means, Alex Cobb, Asher Wojciechowski, David Hess, Rule 5 draft choices Brandon Bailey and Michael Rucker and free-agent signee Kohl Stewart as rotation candidates.
The Orioles would prefer that left-hander Keegan Akin begin the season at Triple-A.
Spring training begins February 11 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Florida.
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