Joe Blanton resurrected his career as a reliever for the Royals and Pirates last season and now he’s signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Dodgers, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Blanton spent a decade as a durable back-of-the-rotation starter, but had a brutal 2013 season for the Angels and then didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2014.
He made it back to the big leagues with the Royals and then joined the Pirates in late July, combining to throw 76 innings with a 2.84 ERA and 79/16 K/BB ratio while being used almost exclusively as a reliever for the first time in his career at age 34.
Blanton looked like a totally different pitcher working out of the bullpen and that’s the role he’ll fill with the Dodgers, who’re taking a relatively inexpensive one-year flier on his 2015 performance being the real deal.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: