Blazek had his contract purchased by the Nationals on Monday. Blazek had been playing independent ball in the American Association, but he'll head to Triple-A Fresno after the Nationals bought out his contract. He last surfaced in the big leagues with Milwaukee during the 2017 season.
Blazek signed a contract Thursday with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Blazek will look to restart his career in the independent ranks after he was unable to secure a minor-league deal heading into 2019. The 30-year-old has appeared in 109 career games at the MLB level but pitched exclusively in the minors in the Diamondbacks organization last season, accruing a 4.05 ERA and 18:5 K:BB in 13.1 innings between three affiliates.
The Diamondbacks reassigned Blazek to their minor-league camp Monday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Blazek stuck around in big-league camp to the bitter end, but he was unable to usurp lefty T.J. McFarland for the final opening in the Arizona bullpen. The 29-year-old Blazek worked as a swingman in the minors with the Brewers' organization last season, but it's expected that he'll work in relief on a full-time basis at Triple-A Reno in 2018.
Blazek signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Blazek split time with Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Brewers in 2017, compiling a respectable 3.71 ERA across 85 innings with the Sky Sox but struggling to an 8.31 ERA in 8.1 innings with the big club. He should get a chance to compete for a spot in the Diamondbacks' bullpen in spring training, though even if he breaks camp with the big club, he likely won't be tabbed for anything other than low leverage work.
Blazek will become a free agent and hit the open market following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Blazek made five appearances with the Brewers this season, allowing eight earned runs in 8.2 innings, including a disastrous start against the Nationals in late July which ended up being his last big-league outing of the year. The 28-year-old was a solid contributor at the Triple-A level for Colorado Springs, and will likely latch on with another organization in the hopes of making the 25-man roster next year.
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