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Joe Blanton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
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Pirates acquired RHP Joe Blanton from the Royals for cash considerations.
Blanton was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Tuesday to open a 40-man roster spot for new ace Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a strong 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for the Royals and should be an asset as a swing man down the stretch for Pittsburgh. Jul 30 - 8:29 AM

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Royals designated RHP Joe Blanton for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for Kansas City. He is 34 years old but will probably draw interest on waivers.
Jul 28 - 4:30 PM

Joe Blanton pitched the final three innings of Monday's 9-4 win over the Indians, earning his second save.

With the Royals ahead 9-1, Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Francisco Lindor in the seventh, but only one of those runs was charged to him. It's a save only in the technical sense, as the Royals were never in any real danger of losing Monday's contest.
Jul 27 - 10:31 PM

Joe Blanton tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief Tuesday against the Pirates.

Stepping in for the injured Jason Vargas, Blanton pitched admirably to keep the Royals in the game. The right-hander gave up just two hits while striking out five in the appearance. He didn't earn a decision for his efforts, but it was a nice showing for the 34-year-old nonetheless. Blanton now owns a 3.96 ERA on the year.
Jul 21 - 11:34 PM

Joe Blanton will start against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Blanton was originally slated to move to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura coming off the disabled list, but the Royals will need another start from him because of Tuesday's doubleheader. Edinson Volquez will start Sunday.
Jul 7 - 11:46 AM

Joe Blanton surrendered four runs on nine hits in five innings of work against the Twins on Saturday.

Three of those four runs scored in the first inning, when Blanton served up a two-run homer to Joe Mauer and an RBI out to Aaron Hicks. He settled down after the initial hiccup and finished with four strikeouts and no walks. Pitching between the bullpen and the rotation, Blanton is the owner of a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 30/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a Thursday afternoon home date with the Rays.
Jul 4 - 11:00 PM

Joe Blanton had a short evening, going only 2 2/3 innings after giving up five runs in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Blanton had pitched well in his first two starts back in the rotation ahead of Monday's start, but the Astros had him figured out. They plated two runs in the second and three in the third on five hits and four walks. The right-hander struck out only two. Including his time in the bullpen, Blanton owns a 3.14 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. He has a date at home against the Twins in his next start.
Jun 29 - 11:20 PM

Joe Blanton tossed six innings of one-run ball, limiting the Mariners to two hits in Monday's win.

Blanton had made his first start on Wednesday, earning his first win since 2013. He was even better on Monday, yielding only two hits while walking none and striking out seven. The 34-year-old did not pitch in the majors in 2014 but is looking quite strong thus far. That being said, any value he has is constricted to AL-only leagues. Blanton will match up with the Athletics in Oakland next.
Jun 23 - 12:47 AM

By limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings Wednesday, Joe Blanton earned a win in his first start in two years.

Good for Blanton. He entered with a 1.80 ERA in seven relief appearances, all of which came in Royals losses. And, of course, he exited with a 1.80 ERA, too. He'll probably be needed to make at least a couple of more starts, giving him a little value in AL-only leagues.
Jun 17 - 11:40 PM

The Royals will utilize Sunday's rain out to skip Joe Blanton's scheduled start on Tuesday.

Edinson Volquez will remain the scheduled starter on Monday while Chris Young will get pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday. Look for Blanton to make his debut in the Royals rotation over the weekend.
Jun 14 - 5:18 PM

Joe Blanton will start for the Royals on Tuesday in place of the injured Jason Vargas.

Chris Young and Edinson Volquez will each have their starts moved up a day and will stay on regular rest. Blanton has pitched well out of the Royals bullpen, compiling a 1.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 13/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. He could be worth a look as a streaming option against the Brewers in Milwaukee, though he's likely to be on a pitch limit his first start.
Jun 13 - 1:34 PM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Joe Blanton from Triple-A Omaha.

He will be active and in uniform for Saturday's game. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.89 ERA and 1.12 WHIP at Omaha.
May 16 - 2:23 PM

Joe Blanton has a May 15 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Royals.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Blanton has turned down offers from Asian clubs over the past few weeks and wants to return to MLB. The 34-year-old owns a 3.71 ERA and 20/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over four starts and one relief appearance with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate. He didn't pitch in the majors last year.
May 5 - 11:00 AM

Joe Blanton will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Blanton was considering using the April 1 opt-out in his minor league contract, but the Royals convinced him to stay in the organization. The veteran right-hander has another opt-out date on May 15.
Mar 31 - 5:27 PM

Joe Blanton is unsure whether he'll use the opt-out clause in his minor league contract.

Blanton will not make the Royals' Opening Day roster, but they hope he'll report to Triple-A Omaha. The veteran right-hander can opt-out of this deal on April 1 or May 15 if he's not in the majors. "We’ll see when that comes," Blanton said. "I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it yet, to be honest with you." Blanton holds a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 29 - 11:46 AM

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R1Mark Melancon
2Joakim Soria
3Tony Watson
4Antonio Bastardo
5Jared Hughes
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7Rob Scahill
8Joe Blanton
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