The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired former Kane County Cougars RHP Joe Blanton from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations.
Blanton went 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA, two saves, 40 strikeouts and seven walks in 41.2 innings (15 appearances/four starts) for Kansas City this season. The Royals designated him for assignment Tuesday to make room for newly-acquired RHP Johnny Cueto on their 40-man roster.
Blanton started 21 games for the 2003 Cougars. He went 8-7 with a 2.57 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 19 walks in 133 innings. He pitched two shutouts.
He was born in Bowling Green, Ky., home of the Hot Rods.