Dodgers News: Dodgers Sign Joe Blanton to 1 year deal plus incentives
The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to add pitching with the addition of Joe Blanton. Blanton pitched for the Dodgers in the 2012 season. He was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies on August 3, 2012. Blanton is set for a 1 year deal for 4 million dollars plus incentives, as reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Blanton as a reliever had a 2.04 ERA, 62K (27% K Rate), 12 BB in 57 1/3.
Source: Joe Blanton, Dodgers agree to one-year, $4 million deal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2016
Dodgers make Joe Blanton signing official.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to a one-year contract.
Blanton, 35, is coming off a career year with the Royals and Pirates, where he combined to go 7-2 with two saves and a 2.84 ERA in 36 games (four starts). After opening the campaign with Kansas City, Blanton was acquired by the Pirates on July 29 and went 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA (6 ER/34.1 IP) in 21 appearances down the stretch, ranking among the National League’s best relievers (min. 15.0 IP) in wins (1st), innings (34.1, 2nd), strikeouts (39, T-3rd) and ERA (9th) during that span. Overall, he limited opposing hitters to a .240 batting average, including a .203 mark against right-handers, while posting a 1.12 WHIP and a 4.94 strikeout-to-walk ratio (79 SO/16 BB).
Blanton enters his second stint with Los Angeles after making 10 starts with the club in 2012 and has a 92-91 record with a 4.44 ERA in 301 career games (252 starts) in 11 big league seasons with the Athletics (2004-08), Phillies (2008-12), Dodgers (2012), Angels (2013), Royals (2015) and Pirates (2015). In 49 career relief appearances, he’s posted a 5-2 record with two saves and a 3.91 ERA.
Blanton was originally selected by Oakland in the first round (24th overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Kentucky.