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Former Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton finalizes a $4-million, 1-year contract with the Nationals

Former Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton finalizes a $4-million, 1-year contract with the Nationals

Setup man Joe Blanton and the Washington Nationals finalized a $4-million, one-year contract on Thursday.

The 36-year-old right-hander was a free agent after pitching for the Dodgers in 2016; he went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 80 innings across 75 regular-season appearances. He then went 1-0 and allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings in four games during a National League Division Series victory over Washington.

Washington does not have an experienced closer after Mark Melancon left as a free agent to sign with the San Francisco Giants.

Blanton is 99-93 with a 4.35 ERA in 12 seasons with six clubs. He has appeared in 376 games, 124 in...

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