Former Lansing Lugnuts pitcher Chase De Jong was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
The right-hander was swapped for two prospects, shortstop Drew Jackson and RHP Aneurys Zabala.
De Jong pitched for the Lugnuts in 2014 and 2015, when he was a Blue Jays farmhand. He cumulatively went 8-10 with a 4.03 ERA, 150 strikeouts and 40 walks in 183.1 Midwest League innings (37 games/35 starts). Toronto traded him to L.A. in July 2015.
Nationals sign Blanton
The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with former Kane County Cougars pitcher Joe Blanton on Thursday.
The veteran hurler began his career as a starter and was converted to a reliever in 2015. He made 75 appearances for the Dodgers last year, going 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 26 walks in 80 innings.
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.