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Joe Blanton | Relief 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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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

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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

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

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LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
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Relief Pitcher
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6Franklin Morales
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8Joe Blanton
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