It’s a two-year deal that pays $20 million total. The money is actually going to be deferred over four years ($5 million annually through 2019); Kendrick’s actual salary and luxury-tax figure are an identical $10 million each of the next two years. The two sides agreed to terms last week.
Joe Blanton made 10 starts for the Dodgers in 2012, but will pitch as a reliever in his return to Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers have signed pitcher Joe Blanton, bringing back the 35-year-old as a long reliever — a role he thrived in last year — on a one-year, $4 million contract.
Blanton briefly retired in 2014 when he flamed out as a starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate. In 2013, his last full season as a starting pitcher, Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average for the Angels.
In 2015, the right-hander re-surfaced as a relief pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, who sold his contract to the Pittsburgh Pirates in July. His combined stats for the two teams: A 2.84 earned-run average in 36 games — 32 out of the bullpen — over 76 innings. Blanton struck out 79 batters against only 16 walks.
Friday was the deadline for teams to reach agreements with their arbitration-eligible players before each side proposed a 2016 salary figure. The Dodgers haven’t gone to arbitration with a player since pitcher Joe Beimel in 2007.
Jansen made $7.425 million in 2015, when he recorded 36 saves (seventh in the National League) despite missing the first month of the season. His 2016 salary is the second-highest ever for a closer in his final year of arbitration eligibility, trailing only Jonathan Papelbon’s $12 million salary with the Boston Red Sox in 2011.