The Washington Nationals continue to improve their bullpen for the 2017 MLB season, where they will do their best to compete with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League crown.
In that aspect, the capital set up to stay with the signature of the experienced Joe Blanton, x-years pitcher who comes from defending the Dodgers last season. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the contract is for a campaign.
It’s easy to see why the Nationals wanted to sign for Blanton. After they could not keep up with Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, Blanton will at least give the bullpen some confidence as he has experience as a firefighter but can also pitch in the seventh or eighth.
At 36, Blanton left 7-2, an ERA of 2.48 and 80 strikeouts in 75 appearances (80 innings) with the Dodgers in 2016.