The Miami Marlins first move of the off-season is finally upon us. No the Fish did not sign Albert Pujols or Jose Reyes or trade for Oakland Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez. The Marlins have traded first time arbitration eligible catcher John Baker to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Wade LeBlanc.
This is not a big splash that Marlins fans have been anticipating, but it does seem like a solid rotational depth move. John Baker’s departure answers the question about what whether he was in their future plans. It also means that next years backup is likely to be Brett Hayes, unless the Marlins go out and sign a catcher. Baker missed the end of the 2010 and the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John Surgery.
Let’s take a look at what Wade LeBlanc brings to the Fish.
Like I said earlier, LeBlanc is nothing to get excited over. The Marlins will likely have him in case of emergency. They do not want a repeat of last season where they had to rush minor league arms before they were ready. As a fan, it should be encouraging to see the Marlins addressing one of their biggest issues last season right off of the bat, depth. Hopefully the Marlins can add some big named free agent as well in the near future.