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Miami Marlins trade John Baker to Padres for LHP Wade LeBlanc

         Per custom, the Marlins have made a Thanksgiving week trade, dealing catcher John Baker to the Padres for left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc.

          Baker, who was the team's primary catcher in 2009, suffered an arm injury that led to Tommy John surgery and cost him most of the past two seasons. Baker, who will be 31 in January, was arbitration-eligible for the first time and a likely non-tender candidate.

          LeBlanc, who provides organizational pitching depth, has gone 17-22 with a 4.54 ERA in 52 career starts for the Padres. The 27-year-old southpaw made 14 starts last season for San Diego, going 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA. With Triple A Tucson last season, LeBlanc went 9-1 with a 4.30 ERA.

          Judging from his home/road splits, LeBlanc clearly favored spacious Petco Park, where his career numbers have him with an 8-9 record and 2.97 ERA in 24 starts there. Elsewhere? LeBlanc has a 9-13 record and 6.16 ERA.

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