Joe Blanton, Nationals finalize $4 million, 1-year contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Setup man Joe Blanton and the Washington Nationals have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract.

The 36-year-old right-hander was a free agent after pitching for the Los Angeles 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 for LA during an NL 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.

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