Blanton and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports. Following a string of disappointing seasons as a starter, the 35-year-old Blanton reinvented himself as an effective reliever last season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 9.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 over 76 innings and 36 appearances (four starts). He'll likely serve as a middle/long reliever, with the potential to provide rotation depth if the Dodgers are hit hard by injuries.
The Pirates made a minor move early Thursday, grabbing veteran starter Joe Blanton from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations, per the teams involved. Blandon had been designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday, shortly after they acquired starter Johhny Cueto. Blanton was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.89 ERA in 15 games with the Royals this season.
The Royals designated pitcher Joe Blanton for assignment Tuesday, the team announced. Blanton was moved to make room for Johnny Cueto on the active roster. Blanton produced a 3.89 ERA over 41 2/3 innings.
It took 11 seasons and 277 games, but Royals reliever Joe Blanton recorded his first career save, Sunday against the White Sox. Blanton pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to protect a three run lead.
Veteran Royals right-hander Joe Blanton is set for a spot start Saturday against Toronto despite his recent move to the bullpen, per MLB.com. The start was necessitated by shifts in the rotation off the Tuesday doubleheader and the return of Yordano Ventura on Thursday. Blanton was pounded in his last two appearances, but still owns a respectable ERA of 3.74.