The Dodgers made a couple bullpen acquisitions during the offseason, with the first being the signing of long reliever Joe Blanton to a one-year contract.
After serving as a starting pitcher for 10 Major League seasons, including a short stint with the Dodgers in 2012, Blanton found himself out of the league for all of 2014.
He received an invite to Spring Training with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, and was later traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he reinvented himself as a long reliever.
In 21 appearances for the Pirates, he threw 34.1 innings and had a 1.57 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. In 13 innings this spring, Blanton allowed six runs on 12 hits, while striking out 13 and walking four.
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