Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:26:28 -0800
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Royals SP Joe Blanton's minor league contract comes with an invitation to major league spring training. Blanton's deal will be worth $1 million if he makes the major league club, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:48:37 -0800
Free-agent SP Joe Blanton signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals Friday, Feb. 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:34:59 -0800
Free-agent SP Joe Blanton (Athletics) will hold an open workout and throw a bullpen for interested teams Feb. 4, according to a source. He last pitched in the majors with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 and went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA in 28 outings (20 starts).
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:06:46 -0700
Oakland Athletics SP Joe Blanton has retired.
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:17:34 -0700
Oakland Athletics SP Joe Blanton left Triple-A Sacramento after just two appearances, and whether he intends to pitch again is unclear. He allowed six earned runs over 10 2/3 innings in two games for the River Cats.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:06:23 -0700
The Oakland Athletics have reportedly signed free-agent RP Joe Blanton (Angels) to a minor league deal.
Fantasy Tip: Blanton was signed purely as rotation insurance, since the A's lost two of their starters to begin the season.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:18:25 -0700
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released RP Joe Blanton Wednesday, March 26.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:37:21 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton moved from the first base side of the pitching rubber to the third base side Wednesday, March 12, and had excellent results in his outing. Blanton allowed one hit in five innings in a split-squad game against the Texas Rangers. He has "a chance to create angles both to lefties and righties, especially with his fastball to be able to get it cross-corner and down, or in, to a lefty," manager Mike Scioscia said. However, Blanton is unlikely to surpass SP Tyler Skaggs for the final rotation spot.
Fantasy Tip: Blanton may find himself on another team if he doesn't make the rotation out of camp, unless the Halos plan to use him as a long reliever, which is unlikely. Blanton shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:13:56 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said that the team could open the year with eight relief pitchers, signaling the fact that he's not confident that a youth-filled rotation will be able to go deep into games early on. SPs Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs haven't thrown more than 158 innings in any of the past three years. RP Joe Blanton would benefit from such a move, since he'd likely be released if he doesn't make the team.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:43:06 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton thinks he corrected a major mechanical flaw last September, long after he was demoted to the bullpen after a disastrous season. The Angels aren't counting on a bounce back, but an injury to SP Mark Mulder (Achilles') makes Blanton important for rotation depth. "Joe needs to make adjustments and put his best foot forward. He had a terrible season, but when he's throwing to the best of his ability he's capable of getting major league hitters out," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday, Feb. 18.