Royals trade Joe Blanton to Pirates for cash
Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment Tuesday, when Johnny Cueto reported to the Kansas City following his trade from Cincinnati. Blanton was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season.
A former first-round draft pick, Blanton is 87-91 in 11 major league seasons.
The trade was announced Wednesday.