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Joe Blanton | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (24) / OAK

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Nationals activated RHP Joe Blanton from the 10-day disabled list.
Blanton posted a 9.49 ERA before going down with a shoulder injury last month. He'll be used in low-leverage situations initially. Sun, Jun 11, 2017 01:14:00 PM

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Joe Blanton (shoulder) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Blaton reported no ill effects after the bullpen. He is working his way back from right shoulder inflammation. A minor league rehab assignment could be coming down the pike very soon. The veteran right-hander had struggled to a 9.49 ERA in 12 1/3 innings prior to hitting the disabled list two weeks ago.
Wed, May 31, 2017 08:27:00 PM

Joe Blanton (shoulder) played catch Tuesday.

As noted by Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Blanton was playing catch with teammate Sammy Solis (elbow) as both pitchers are working their way back from injuries. Blanton struggled to the tune of a 9.49 ERA through 12 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list last week with right shoulder inflammation. The Nationals haven't mapped out a specific timetable for his return, but he's already moving in the right direction.
Tue, May 23, 2017 02:43:00 PM

Nationals placed RHP Joe Blanton on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Blanton last pitched on May 13 and was struggling to a 9.49 ERA in 12 1/3 innings before he was placed on the disabled list. It is unclear just when he started to feel discomfort in his right shoulder. He was dealing with mechanical issues in mid-April, but otherwise had not previously reported any issues. There is no current timetable for his return.
Wed, May 17, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Joe Blanton said he's been having problems with his mechanics.

He labored through another tough outing Saturday against the Phillies (1 IP, 1 HBP, 1 H, 2 ER) and now sports a miserable 6.43 ERA for the year. Blanton should bounce back, but manager Dusty Baker might be wise to avoid using him in high leverage situations until his mechanics get sorted out.
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 05:35:00 PM

Nationals signed RHP Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Tuesday and then finalized Thursday after Blanton passed the necessary pre-signing physical. The right-hander looks like an excellent early-spring addition for the Nationals' bullpen after registering a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings last season for the Dodgers. He'll operate somewhere between a middle-relief and setup role with Washington.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 09:33:00 AM

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have signed Joe Blanton to a one-year contract.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Blanton will receive a $4 million salary and will have the chance to make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. Blanton is expected to be in Nationals' camp on Tuesday, most likely to take his physical with the club. The veteran right-hander found an underwhelming market over the winter despite putting up an excellent 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings out of the Dodgers' bullpen last season. The back-end of the Nationals' bullpen is unsettled at the moment, but Blanton figures to pitch in a set-up role.
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 10:37:00 AM

Club executives have told ESPN's Buster Olney that they don't believe Joe Blanton will sign for anything less than the $4 million he made last season.

It's certainly a reasonable ask, as Blanton has put up a 2.65 ERA and 159/42 K/BB ratio across 156 innings over the last two seasons while working almost exclusively as a reliever. He did turn 36 over the winter, but the right-hander would seem like a wise investment on a modest, one-year contract.
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 12:54:00 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are targeting free agent relievers Joe Blanton and Boone Logan.

Blanton is probably the best free agent reliever remaining on this market, having registered a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings last season with the Dodgers. Logan had a 3.69 ERA and 57/20 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings with the Rockies. Neal says the Twins also want to add a bat before they head to spring training, but a new bullpen piece seems to be the top priority here in late January.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 03:34:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians are doing "background work" on Joe Blanton, among others.

The Indians just signed Austin Jackson to a minor league contract with a spring training invite and from the way Rosenthal describes it, the team's remaining moves before spring training might just consist of relatively minor signings. They are at least keeping an eye on Blanton, though. In addition to the Indians, the Dodgers remain a possible suitor, as do the Rockies. The veteran right-hander held a 2.48 ERA and an 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 frames with the Dodgers this past season.
Wed, Jan 25, 2017 06:09:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Joe Blanton and Jerry Blevins are on the Dodgers' radar.

Now that the Dodgers have landed their second baseman with Logan Forsythe, Rosenthal hears that their next move will be a reliever. The catch is that they are only willing to offer a one-year deal. Blanton and Blevins surely hoped for more at the start of the winter, but their chances of getting it have grown smaller with spring training approaching. Blanton, 36, posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings with the Dodgers last season. Blevins was excellent with the Mets last season, putting up a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 08:33:00 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post on Tuesday that Joe Blanton is among the free agent relievers the club is considering.

Greg Holland is another possibility for Colorado. "As I have said before, we have checked in on a lot of guys, those guys included," Bridich said. "There are multiple teams interested in those types of guys." Blanton got lit up by the Cubs in the 2016 NLCS, but he registered an impressive 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings for the Dodgers during the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 10:36:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of reports that interest in Joe Blanton is picking up.

It makes sense, as the secondary market for relievers is beginning to take shape with the big names off the board. Crasnick hears that a return to the Dodgers is a possibility. The 36-year-old Blanton had a rough NLCS against the Cubs, but he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 02:37:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Marlins are still seeking relief help even after signing Junichi Tazawa.

The Marlins wanted to spend big on a marquee closer this offseason, but after their offers were rebuffed they are shifting to the secondary relief market. Sherman lists Brad Ziegler and Joe Blanton -- in that order -- as their preferred options. Ziegler is reportedly close to picking a destination, while the market for Blanton has been relatively quiet to this point.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Joe Blanton gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth inning in Thursday’s Game 5 loss to the Cubs.

Blanton is one of the reasons the Dodgers have managed to make it this far this season, as he posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio over 80 innings during the regular season. He also pitched well (and often) during the NLDS against the Nationals. But he might be running on fumes at this point. The veteran right-hander has allowed seven runs on seven hits (including three homers and a double) and two walks in three innings so far during the NLCS.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:30:00 AM

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