Pirates acquire Blanton from Royals

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.

Joe Blanton pitched for the Kane County Cougars in 2003. (Photo from The Cougars Den blog)

Joe Blanton pitched for the Kane County Cougars in 2003. (Photo from The Cougars Den blog)

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