Joe Blanton’s brief tenure with the Angels was destined to end badly, and Wednesday, it finally did when the team announced it had granted the right-hander his unconditional release.
Blanton never found his footing in Anaheim after signing a two-year deal as a free agent in December 2012.
He lost his job in the starting rotation last season and had a 2-14 record in 28 games (20 starts) with a career-worst 6.04 ERA.
The Angels hoped Blanton, 33, would bounce back this spring in the hope of attracting a possible trade partner, but he struggled again. In five games, four starts, Blanton gave up 22 hits and 16 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings, a 7.08 ERA.
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