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55 Joe Blanton RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 12/11/1980 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Kentucky | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates acquire veteran SP Joe Blanton from Royals


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Pirates made a minor move early Thursday, grabbing veteran starter Joe Blanton from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations, per the teams involved.

Blandon had been designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday, shortly after they acquired starter Johhny Cueto. Blanton was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.89 ERA in 15 games with the Royals this season. 


Royals DFA Joe Blanton


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) The Royals designated pitcher Joe Blanton for assignment Tuesday, the team announced.

Blanton was moved to make room for Johnny Cueto on the active roster. Blanton produced a 3.89 ERA over 41 2/3 innings.


Joe Blanton records first career save for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) It took 11 seasons and 277 games, but Royals reliever Joe Blanton recorded his first career save, Sunday against the White Sox. 

Blanton pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to protect a three run lead. 


Royals P Joe Blanton given spot start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Veteran Royals right-hander Joe Blanton is set for a spot start Saturday against Toronto despite his recent move to the bullpen, per MLB.com.

The start was necessitated by shifts in the rotation off the Tuesday doubleheader and the return of Yordano Ventura on Thursday.

Blanton was pounded in his last two appearances, but still owns a respectable ERA of 3.74.


Royals pitcher Joe Blanton heading back to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Royals pitcher Joe Blanton will be shifted to the bullpen with Yordano Ventura set to come off the disabled list Thursday, according to The Kansas City Star.

Since joining the rotation June 17, Blanton went 2-2 with a 5.30 ERA in four starts. He struck out 17 and issued four walks in 18 2/3 innings.


Royals' Joe Blanton loses second straight start on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Royals right-hander Joe Blanton gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings in the 5-3 loss to the Twins on Saturday. Blanton struck out four and did not walk a batter, but he picked up his second consecutive loss.

Blanton (2-2, 3.74 ERA) got off to a bad start on Saturday, as he gave up a two-run home run to Joe Mauer in the first inning. He would give up another run later in the inning, before allowing an RBI triple to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth inning. 

After allowing two earned runs over 11 innings in his first two starts of the season, Blanton has now allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings.

"It was good to get him into the fifth inning, especially after the first," Royals manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Mechanically, he was drifting, which means that his body was going forward, not allowing his arm to catch up. It results in a flat fastball and not as much bite on the sinker. He finally, about the middle of the second, stayed back more. He was pretty good from that point on. But the big, three-run first inning was a little bit of a hole to climb out of."

It remains to be seen if he will get another start, as the Royals are expecting to have Yordano Ventura back from the disabled list next week sometime. 


Royals SP Joe Blanton allows five runs in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Royals pitcher Joe Blanton failed to get out of the third inning during Monday's start against the Indians, which the Royals lost 6-1.

Blanton surrendered five runs on five hits over 2 2/3 innings of work. He also struck out two and walked four during the outing. He gave up a solo home run to Jose Altuve in the third inning.

It was his first loss of the season. Monday's loss broke his two-game winning streak. Prior to Monday's outing, Blanton had given up a total of two runs over his last two starts.


Royals P Joe Blanton could start Tuesday in Houston


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Royals right-hander Joe Blanton may make one more start before moving back to the bullpen. Manager Ned Yost has yet to commit to his rotation plans for next week's series in Houston, but those plans may be contingent on the health of fellow righties Yordano Ventura and Jason Vargas.

As of now, it appears Blanton will start the series-opener on Tuesday if neither Ventura nor Vargas are ready, according to the Kansas City Star. Both are said to be close to returning, but Blanton has pitched well enough to warrant another start, which would allow more time for the others to prolong their respective recoveries. 


Royals SP Joe Blanton allows one run in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Royals pitcher Joe Blanton was solid throughout Monday's start to help lead the Royals to a 4-1 win over the Mariners.

"Anytime you can go six innings and not pitch out of the stretch," manager Ned Yost said, per The News Tribune, "odds are you had a pretty good game."

Blanton allowed one run on two hits over six innings of work to earn his second victory of the season. Blanton also struck out seven and did not walk a batter during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Robinson Cano in the first inning.

Monday was Blanton's second start this season. He has given up a total of two runs over his last 11 innings of work. His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Houston.


Royals P Joe Blanton gets win in spot start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Royals pitcher Joe Blanton recorded his first win in Wednesday night's 10-2 victory over the Brewers. 

Blanton was making a spot start for Yordano Ventura. He went five innings and only allowed one earned run. Blanton gave up five hits and struck out four batters. He now has an ERA of 1.80 this year. 

It was his first start since 2013. 


Blanton starting Wednesday, Ventura pitching Friday for Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (hand) completed his bullpen session Monday without any issues, according to The Kansas City Star. However, the team opted to give him more time to rest, so he will pitch Friday against the Red Sox.

Joe Blanton will now start Wednesday against the Brewers in place of Ventura.


Royals' Joe Blanton pitches well in relief in return to MLB


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Joe Blanton made his first appearance in the major leagues since September 2013, allowing one run in four innings of relief for the Royals on Saturday.

Blanton gave up a solo home run to Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez.

Blanton was called up from Triple-A earlier on Saturday.

Blanton last pitch for the Angels, but had struggled in the minors in 2014 before getting another shot this year.


Royals promote RHP Joe Blanton, demote RHP Aaron Brooks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton has been signed by the Royals off their Triple-A roster in Omaha. He will join the team in time for the Saturday night clash against the Yankees.

His addition has resulted in fellow righty Aaron Brooks being demoted to the same team. The Royals have also announced that southpaw Brian Flynn (lat) has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.

The 34-year-old Blanton has scuffled in his last three outings after a strong start in the minors. He has allowed 11 runs in his last 16 2/3 innings to raise his ERA to 3.89.


Report: RHP Joe Blanton has May 15 opt-out from Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton has turned down offers from several Asian teams in hopes of working his way back to the bigs, per MLBTradeRumors.com. He has an opt-out from the Royals set for May 15.

Blanton has been generally effective for their Triple-A Omaha club this season. He has yielded two earned runs or less in three of his five starts and owns a 2-1 record with a 3.71 ERA.


Joe Blanton accepts assignment to Royals' Triple-A affiliate


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Royals RHP Joe Blanton agreed to accept an assignment to Triple-A Omaha. Blanton signed a minor league contract with the team on February 13 and was invited to camp as a non-roster player. 

Blanton was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three games this spring. 


Royals' Joe Blanton unsure if he'll opt out of deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Royals pitcher Joe Blanton is unsure of whether he'll opt out of his minor-league deal with the team or not, the Kansas City Star reports.

"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 can opt out of his deal on April 1 or on May 15 if he's not on the major-league roster. He has allowed three earned runs in 9 2/3 innings this spring.


Royals looking at Joe Blanton as a reliever


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Royals will use Joe Blanton as a reliever, according to MLB.com.

Blanton has not pitched in the majors since 2013. While he started 20 games that season, the Royals view him strictly as a reliever. "The only way he is really going to help us is in the bullpen," manager Ned Yost said. "We're not going to stretch him out [to be a starter]."

Blanton posted a 6.04 ERA over 132 2/3 innings in 2013. He'll compete for a job in the Royals bullpen this spring. 


Royals, Joe Blanton agree to minor-league deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) The Royals and pitcher Joe Blanton have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The team later confirmed.

Blanton last pitched in the majors in 2013 for the Angels, posting a 2-14 record with a 6.04 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings. In 2014, Blanton played with the Athletics Triple-A team the Sacramento River Cats, where he made two starts.

If he makes it to the majors, Blanton will make $1 million. It also has $3 million in incentives and Blanton can request his release if not on the major league roster on April 1 and May 15, according to Heyman.


Joe Blanton to throw at open workout Feb. 4


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/28/2015) Pitcher Joe Blanton will hold an open workout and throw a bullpen session for interested teams on Feb. 4 in the Nashville area, reports MLBTradeRumors.com. Blanton, 34, made two starts for Oakland's Triple-A team last year. The report said he's healthy and motivated to pitch this season.

In 2013 with the Angels, Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA.


Joe Blanton signs minor-league deal with A's


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) The Athletics have signed starting pitcher Joe Blanton to a minor-league deal. He's expected to join the rotation at Triple-A Sacramento.

Blanton pitched for the A's from 2004-08, going 47-46 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 122 appearances (118 starts).


Angels dump Joe Blanton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton has turned a terrible spring into unemployment. He was released Wednesday by the Angels after compiling a 7.08 ERA in exhibition play and losing his battle for the final spot in the rotation.

His career took a significant downturn in 2013, when he managed a 2-14 record and 6.04 with the Angels. He has recorded an ERA of under 4.00 just once in his major league career, going 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA with Oakland in 2007. His career ERA is 4.51.

Blanton gave up 180 hits in just 132 2/3 innings a year ago.


Joe Blanton can't make it past fifth inning vs. Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Blanton was unable to make it past the fifth frame during Saturday's Cactus League contest against the Brewers.

Blanton was charged with four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings of work. He owns a 7.08 ERA and 13:8 K:BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings pitched this spring.

Joe Blanton surrenders three runs vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Blanton allowed three earned runs on four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings, adding one strikeout in his team's 4-2 loss to the Cubs Monday.

Blanton bounced back from giving up four home runs with five scoreless innings in his previous outing but couldn't maintain that level of excellence Monday. He owns a 6.75 ERA and 9:4 K:BB ratio in 16 innings.


Movement on mound turns Joe Blanton around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) One foot has meant a lot to Angels right-hander Joe Blanton. His move from the first-base side to the third-base side of the rubber did him wonders on Wednesday.

Blanton pitched five one-hit shutout innings while walking none against Texas. The outing could go a long way in him securing a bullpen spot with the rotation seemingly secure from top to bottom.

"Joe looked great," Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "I think a lot of the things were tangible, as far as some of the angles he could create. Going to the other side of the mound gave him a slightly different perspective. He pitched well against some good hitters."

The only chance for Blanton to work his way into the rotation would be through injury or a collapse of current fifth starter Tyler Skaggs.


Joe Blanton strikes out five in five one-hit innings Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Blanton allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out five in his team's 12-1 win over the Rangers Wednesday.

It was a massive turnaround for Blanton after giving up nine earned runs in 5 2/3 innings over his first two starts. Wednesday's gem gives him a 7.59 ERA and 9:2 K:BB ratio through 10 2/3 innings.