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Joe Blanton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 244
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Contract: view contract details

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Royals signed RHP Joe Blanton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
He'll make $1 million if he cracks the major league roster, can earn an additional $3 million in incentives and has opt-out dates on April 1 and May 15. Blanton made just two appearances at Triple-A for the A's last season before shutting things down, but he's been on a normal throwing program this winter. The veteran right-hander held a 6.04 ERA over 20 starts and eight relief appearances with the Angels during his last stint in the majors in 2013. Now 34, Blanton is a long shot to make a real contribution to the Royals but isn't a bad gamble on a minor league deal. Feb 13 - 11:07 AM

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According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, Joe Blanton will hold an open workout and throw a bullpen session for teams on February 4.

Blanton left the Athletics' Triple-A team after two outings last season, which led to reports about retirement, but he has been on a normal throwing program this winter and hopes to resume his playing career. The 34-year-old will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league deal. He had a 6.04 ERA over 20 starts and eight relief appearances with the Angels during his last stint in the majors in 2013.
Jan 28 - 11:20 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Joe Blanton has not officially retired.

Blanton left the Athletics' Triple-A team after two outings, but he hasn't decided whether he'll give up baseball for good. Regardless, the Angels will pay him the $9.5 million remaining on his contract. The 33-year-old owns an 85-89 record and 4.51 ERA in the majors.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Joe Blanton has retired from professional baseball.

The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Angels at the end of spring training and had been pitching for the A's Triple-A affiliate. He finishes with a career 85-89 record, 4.51 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 1086/412 K/BB ratio.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Athletics signed RHP Joe Blanton to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Blanton, a first-round pick of the A's in 2002, was released by the Angels at the end of spring camp after allowing 22 hits and 16 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. He's doubtful to make a positive impact for Oakland.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Angels released RHP Joe Blanton.

Blanton did little to make a case for a rotation spot, so it was just a matter of whether the Angels were willing to eat his remaining salary to let him go. Ultimately, they were. The Angels will absorb his $7.5 million salary for this season and a $1 million buyout on his 2015 option to cut him loose. He'll surely get an opportunity elsewhere now that he can be had at the major league minimum, but we're not expecting much.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Joe Blanton allowed four runs, walking four, over 4 1/3 innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

Blanton gave up a leadoff home run to Carlos Gomez, and things didn't get much better from there. He finished allowing six hits and four walks while striking out three. In his bid to make the Angels' rotation, the right-hander now has a 7.08 ERA this spring.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 08:41:00 PM

Joe Blanton had mixed results against the Cubs in Monday's start, surrendering three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Blanton only allowed four hits and walked two while striking out one. The right-hander changed his delivery prior to his start on Wednesday, but it may not be enough to slide into the back of the Angels' rotation.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 06:26:00 PM

Joe Blanton pitched well in Wednesday's start against the Rangers, holding them scoreless over five innings.

Blanton allowed only one hit and struck out five. It's a remarkable improvement over his previous two Cactus League appearances in which he allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings. Blanton is still fighting for a spot at the back of the Angels' rotation but his chances aren't great. The Angels could still trade or release him by the end of spring training.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 06:16:00 PM

Joe Blanton was hammered in a losing effort to the Rockies in Cactus League action on Friday, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in his 3 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. He served up four longballs in the game, including a pair to Troy Tulowitzki. With a strong showing this spring he could have made a push to crack the Angels Opening Day roster as a long reliever, but those chances are getting slimmer by the day.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels could trade or release Joe Blanton.

Barring injury, there's no spot for Blanton in the team's rotation, and manager Mike Scioscia has indicated that he might not carry a long reliever. "You’d love to have a guy with length," he said. "We’re looking for guys that are going to hold leads and help us win games. If we have really good arms that are getting guys out and don’t have much length, I don’t think that will keep them from our pen." Blanton is owed $7.5 million this season and has a $1 million buyout on his 2015 option. The Angels would have to eat nearly all of that in order to make a trade happen.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 10:37:00 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Joe Blanton will have to earn a rotation spot.

Blanton's chances have improved slightly in the wake of Mark Mulder's torn Achilles’ tendon, but he's no sure thing after going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA last year. "Joe needs to make adjustments and put his best foot forward," said Scioscia. "He had a terrible season, but when he's throwing to the best of his ability he's capable of getting major league hitters out." Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, who were acquired in the three-team Mark Trumbo deal, are the current favorites for the final two spots in the rotation. Blanton is still owed $8.5 million this season.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 01:16:00 PM

The Angels have removed Joe Blanton from their rotation and will replace him with Garrett Richards.

Blanton's abbreviated (3 2/3 innings) outing Monday was the straw that broke the camel's back. After signing a two-year, $15 million deal over the offseason, the right-hander has gone 2-13 while posting a 5.66 ERA over 20 starts. Richards will make a start on Saturday in Oakland.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Tuesday that Joe Blanton is likely to be removed from the rotation.

Blanton lasted just 3 2/3 innings Monday and is now 2-13 with a 5.66 ERA this season. "We're working on a couple things now," Scioscia said. "We're going to see where we are and we'll have a decision. Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be. Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher." The problem for the Angels is that they don't have any good alternatives. Billy Buckner would likely start Saturday if Blanton doesn't get the ball. Garrett Richards and Michael Roth are other longer-term options, but Richards needs to be stretched out and Roth was just sent down.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:22:00 PM

Joe Blanton dropped to 2-13 after allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings Monday against the Twins.

It's time to start the 20-loss watch for Blanton. He's dropped three in a row after a very solid June. If he hadn't been so effective last month, perhaps the Angels would be ready to replace him. As is, they'll probably stick with him for at least a little longer.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 01:52:00 AM

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