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49 Joe Blanton RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 12/11/1980 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: Kentucky | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Joe Blanton mauled for four home runs against Rockies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Joe Blanton is on the outside looking in at a rotation spot for the Angels and his performance Friday against Colorado will not help him. He gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings. Among them were four home runs.

Blanton suffered through a miserable 2013 season with the Dodgers. He finished 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA. He gave up 29 home runs in just 132 2/3 innings.


Joe Blanton hit hard Sunday vs. A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Angels right-hander Joe Blanton, who is hoping to break the rotation, endured a rough outing on Sunday against the A's.

Making his first appearance for the Angels this spring, Blanton surrendered a two-run double to Yoenis Cespedes fifth inning. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two over 2 1/3 innings of work.

Angels could trade or release Joe Blanton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Angels pitcher Joe Blanton could be traded or released if he can't break the rotation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Blanton is on the outside looking in, as Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs are expected to open the year at the back of the rotation. Manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn't envision the team carrying a long-man in the bullpen, which pushes Blanton out of a spot. He's owed $8.5 million by the club this season.

Blanton posted a 6.04 ERA in 132 2/3 innings last year.


Joe Blanton seeking to rebound from rotten year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) Angels right-hander Joe Blanton is owed $7.5 million this season and might not even make the team. He lost his rotation spot to Garrett Richards last summer and the trading for young arms Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs could seal his fate if he doesn't pitch well in spring training.

Blanton collapsed upon the signing of a two-year deal. He lost 14 of 16 decisions with a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Mike Scioscia believes he requires more than a bit of tinkering.

"Joe needs to put his best foot forward; Joe needs to make some adjustments," Scioscia told MLB.com. "He had just a terrible season last year, but he's shown in the last couple years that when he is throwing the ball to his capabilities, there's no doubt he can get major league hitters out."


Angels consider adding SP, but content with rotation alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Los Angeles remains interested in free agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to the Los Angeles Times.

However, Dipoto added he would also be satisfied going into spring training with a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs, with Mark Mulder, Joe Blanton and Wade LeBlanc also in the mix competing for a spot in the rotation.

"We do like our pitching staff and the depth we’ve been able to come up with," Dipoto said. "We know there is some uncertainty with a handful of young pitchers as they learn the league, but we believe in their ability.

"The year Hector had last year was pretty good. The second-half surge we saw from Richards was very encouraging. Skaggs is a 22-year-old  who has done what he can in the minor leagues, and we believe he’s ready for opportunity."


Garrett Richards replaces Joe Blanton in rotation


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) The Angels made a change to the team's starting rotation Wednesday as Garrett Richards replaces Joe Blanton, the Los Angeles Times reports. The writing was on the wall for Blanton after his latest poor outing. 

Richards will take over Blanton's rotation spot and start Saturday at Oakland. Blanton will likely pitch in relief going forward for the Angels and manager Mike Scioscia. 

Richards has gone 2-4 this season with a 4.66 ERA over 34 appearances, including four starts. 


Joe Blanton on very shaky ground


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Angels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Tuesday that starter Joe Blanton could be removed from the rotation going forward, MLB.com reports. Blanton took the loss Monday and fell to 2-13 with a 5.66 ERA. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings in the defeat.

"We're working on a couple things now," Scioscia said. "We're going to see where we are and we'll have a decision. Joe has put every effort into trying to be the pitcher he can be. Right now, it's very clear he is struggling with some of the basic things he needs to do to be that pitcher."

Blanton's next turn comes Saturday at Oakland, though it sounds as if he may not get the ball.

Joe Blanton drops 13th decision


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Angels starter Joe Blanton couldn't get out of the fourth inning and suffered yet another defeat Monday night at home against the Twins.

Blanton now has 13 losses as he fell to 2-13 with a 5.66 ERA. He allowed four earned runs and had his pitch count up to 90 after 3 2/3 innings when he was pulled. He walked two batters and struck out four as Clete Thomas took him deep.

The 32-year-old lost for the third straight outing and hasn't won since June 29 at Houston. He hasn't been reliable for most of the season. If he continues to start for the Angels, his next one is scheduled for Saturday at Oakland.

Joe Blanton hit with 12th loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Angels starter Joe Blanton had another rough outing as he suffered his 12th loss Sunday afternoon against the Mariners. The right-hander surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two over four innings of a 4-3 loss.

Blanton has allowed 14 earned runs over his last 14 2/3 innings entering the break. He is 2-12 with a 5.53 ERA and 1.55 WHIP through 19 starts. He will likely make his next start Sunday against the A's. 


Joe Blanton roughed up again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton endured a rough outing as he became the second pitcher to reach 11 losses during Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

Blanton (2-11) allowed two homers to Alfonso Soriano and solo shots to Anthony Rizzo and Starling Castro. The right-hander permitted six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over five innings of a 7-2 loss.

Blanton has surrendered 10 earned runs over his last 10 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his next start Sunday at Seattle. He is 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts against the Mariners.

Joe Blanton strikes out seven in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton didn't factor into the decision in his team's 6-5 win over the Cardinals Thursday, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

Blanton pushed his K:BB ratio to 88:19 but also saw his ERA rise to 5.14 Thursday. He'll bring a 2-10 record into next week's start against the Cubs.