Joe Blanton signs 1-year, $4M contract with Nationals

The Washington Nationals have signed right-hander Joe Blanton to a one-year, $4 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden and multiple reports.

Blanton, 36, spent last season as one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top relievers, going 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA. He helped stabilize the majors’ busiest bullpen in 2016 with a .194 opponent batting average, 10th best in the National League. His 1.01 WHIP was 13th best in the NL.

Despite bricking every single three he put up, Steph still managed to score 19 points. However, his inefficient shooting wasn’t too much of a hindrance for the Warriors, as they were able to take down the hobbled 76ers in a solid 119-108 victory.

Meanwhile, in Dallas, Curry’s younger brother Seth had a game we might’ve expected to see from back-to-back MVP, nailing an efficient 5-of-7 threes in a win over the Miami Heat.

Even the best shooters have off nights sometimes. It’s worth noting that last time this happened (Steph missed 10 threes in a November matchup against the Lakers), he scorched the Pelicans in the following game for an NBA-record 13 threes.

We’ll see if Steph sets any more records — good or bad — in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. For what it’s worth, forecasters expect it to be raining in D.C. around tip-off.

“I’m not happy with [the OTL report]. I said ‘better late than never’ when we made the decision to cut Ray, and I stand by that. Somebody else can say ‘it’s too late now,’ but I can’t respond to that. If all I can do is try and correct our wrongs and do what we think is right, that decision to cut Ray Monday was that. I can’t please those people that think we didn’t do enough.”3

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