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Joe Blanton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3 / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kentucky
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Joe Blanton held the White Sox to one run on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's Cactus League start.

Blanton walked two while striking out three. A non-roster invite, Blanton is trying to win a spot in the Royals' bullpen. His 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings will certainly give Royals management something to think about.
Mar 21 - 7:08 PM

Joe Blanton went three innings in Wednesday's win against the Reds, giving up a run in the process.

Blanton, vying for a relief role with the Royals, got the start and surrendered the one run on four hits while striking out one. The veteran hasn't pitched in the majors since a disastrous 2013 with the Angels and briefly retired.
Mar 11 - 6:45 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that the team is looking at Joe Blanton exclusively as a reliever this spring.

"The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen," Yost said. "We're not going to stretch him out [to be a starter]." It's possible Blanton could be looked at to fill a starting role at some point should injury strike, but for now he's battling for a long relief role. The veteran made just two appearances at Triple-A for the A's last season before shutting things down.
Feb 26 - 7:23 PM

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

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

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1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Dusty Coleman
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Jarrod Dyson
DH1Kendrys Morales
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S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Chris Young
7Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Ryan Madson
8Joe Blanton
9Brandon Finnegan
10Brian Flynn
11Tim Collins