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Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 143 – Sierra, Blanton, Anthopoulos

On this episode of “Dugout Blues” this year, Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I are back after a mini-hiatus because almost nothing has happened. But there were finally a few things to come down the pipe, so here we go. The Dodgers still haven’t announced the deal, but they have come to an agreement with Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra. It’s a relatively low-risk move for...
Via Dodgers Digest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is still Joe Blanton but the new slider is cool

The Dodgers signed Joe Blanton recently, which makes sense but is also absolutely horrifying because he’s Joe Blanton. However, many have made the case that Blanton is legit as a reliever, and Neil Weinberg of FanGraphs made the point that his career as a reliever should be given a clean slate given how he’s changed. For the last several years, he’s been a fringy pitcher...
Via Dodgers Digest
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton: Hidden Gem?

The Dodgers have made yet another offseason splash. Joe blanton agrees to dodgers deal. $4M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2016 By now the news is known. On Tuesday afternoon-evening, depending on where you’re at, the Dodgers inked long-time veteran pitcher Joe Blanton to a one-year contract worth $4 million. On top of that $4 million […]
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ pitcher-heavy 40-man roster isn’t a problem … yet

The Dodgers’ 40-man roster is full after the signing of Joe Blanton. And yet, it feels far from complete (because it isn’t). There are a lot of pitchers on the 40-man roster. Of the 40 spots, 24 are occupied by pitchers. Guys like Brandon Beachy, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda and the aforementioned Blanton all got major league deals, while Frankie Montas was brought in via trade...
Via Dodgers Digest
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, and Other Ray Searage Success Stories

Maybe the headline is a tad misleading; Joe Blanton-to-the-bullpen looked like something of a success story before he went to Pittsburgh and worked under the tutelage of pitching coach guru Ray Searage. But it was in Pittsburgh and under Searage that Blanton really took off, and without that time in Pittsburgh, Blanton may very well have been Just Another Reliever on the scrap heap...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday's agreement: $250,000 each for 50 and 60, and $500,000 for 70. Blanton largely...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bet You Didn’t See the Dodgers Signing Joe Blanton, Did You

Welp, didn’t see this coming: Source: Joe Blanton, Dodgers agree to one-year, $4 million deal. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2016 You may remember Joe Blanton from such times as “having a 4.99 ERA in 10 games for the 2012 Dodgers,” and “actually having retired in 2014,” and “getting DFA’d by the Royals before being sent to the Pirates for cash” last...
Via Dodgers Digest
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ secret weapon

The man who started the 2015 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers — Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — is now the secret weapon for the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Blanton was purchased by the Pirates after being designated for assignment in late July. The former first-round draft pick had a disappointing past couple years, even taking all of 2014 off from...
Via Sportsnaut
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Joe Blanton retires

Veteran right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton has decided to retire, according to the Sacramento RiverCats Twitter feed.It's official. Joe Blanton has retired.— River Cats (@RiverCats) April 14, 2014 Blanton was drafted by the Oaklan Athletics in the first round of the 2002 draft. He shot through the minor leagues and debuted with Oakland as a September call-up in 2004. The Kentucky...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels grant RHP Joe Blanton his unconditional release

Joe Blanton's brief tenure with the Angels was destined to end badly, and Wednesday, it finally did when the team announced it had granted the right-hander his unconditional release. Blanton never found his footing in Anaheim after signing a two-year deal as a free agent in December 2012. He lost his job in the starting rotation last season and had a 2-14 record in 28 games (20 starts...
Via Fox Sports West
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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