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Joe Blanton | Relief Pitcher | #55

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (24) / OAK
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Joe Blanton is not a rotation candidate.
It's been a rough spring on the injury front for some of the starting pitchers in Dodgers camp, but Roberts wants to use Blanton strictly as a long reliever. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA as a reliever and a 4.47 career ERA as a starter. Mar 21 - 12:52 PM

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

The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and is now official. Blanton had a surprisingly good 2015 campaign, putting up a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings for the Royals and Pirates. He'll be used in a swingman role with the Dodgers.
Jan 19 - 5:49 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Dodgers and right-hander Joe Blanton have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Blanton was quietly very effective as a reliever last season between the Pirates and Royals, posting a 2.04 ERA and 62/12 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings. The 35-year-old will likely function in a swingman role out of the Dodgers' bullpen.
Jan 19 - 3:28 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 08:29:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 04:30:00 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.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 10:31:00 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.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 11:34:00 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.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 11:46:00 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.
Sat, Jul 4, 2015 11:00:00 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.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 11:20:00 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.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 12:47:00 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.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 11:40:00 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.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 05:18:00 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.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 01:34:00 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.
Sat, May 16, 2015 02:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Trayce Thompson
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Ross Stripling
7Mike Bolsinger
8Brett Anderson
9Brandon McCarthy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Frankie Montas
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
9Joe Blanton
10Adam Liberatore
11Zach Lee