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Report: Angels sign Joe Blanton for two years, $15 million

Dec 5, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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The Angels are staying busy Wednesday, picking up Joe Blanton on a two-year, $15 million contract to add to their rotation.

The deal includes an option for 2015, according to Jon Heyman of

Blanton went 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA for the Phillies and Dodgers last season, though he did post a fine 166/34 K/BB ratio in the process. He’s a pretty good fit in a big Angels Stadium that hasn’t been yielding a lot of home runs of late.

Blanton will presumably be the fourth starter in a rotation that also includes Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Tommy Hanson, with one more pitcher still to be signed. With Blanton making $7.5 million and Hanson due about $4 million in arbitration, the Angels should still have at least $8 million-$12 million left to spend on a No. 3 starter with Dan Haren and Ervin Santana having departed and Zack Greinke almost sure to join them.

Assuming the Angels do land that additional starter, then Garrett Richards will head back to Triple-A for more seasoning.

  1. volcom2143 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    2 yrs 15 mill

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      I know. We all should have practiced harder. $7.5 mil a yr for Joe Blanton.

  2. vallewho - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    looks like Greinke priced himself out of Anaheim. He will have to take whatevr highest bid is on the table, or the bids will start to go lower (by new suiters)

  3. hansob - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    probably in the minority, but I really like the signing. Fly ball pitcher in a big park with elite defensive OF’ers is a good fit, and his peripherals are really solid. Long ball got the best of him in Philly, but Angels stadium should treat him much better. 190 innings with a sub-4.00 ERA isn’t that much of a stretch for 2013. He actually had more K’s/9, fewer BB’s/9, and a better GB% than Jared Weaver last year…. and the year before.

    • stlsportsfan84 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Agreed here. Also like him pitching a ton of games in Anaheim/Oakland/Seattle, granted games in Texas aren’t his thing. Let Bourjos/Trout chase all of those balls down for him, good signing here.

  4. mojosmagic - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    The guy flat out stinks!

  5. Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    So…he made $7.5m per in Philly, and it was railed as being such a godawfully horrible deal, but he signs for the same in LA, and everything’s good? Okey-dokey…

    • phillies816 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      Most of the pissing and moaning about the contract came from Phillies fans, but what else is new?

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        A lot of the complaints on here came from all over the place, not solely Phans.

  6. phillies816 - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    I never thought Blanton was all that bad for the Phillies. The fans treated him like crap IMO but is that all that surprising in Philly? The guy was constantly berated and referred to a “Sloppy Joe”, “Fat Joe”,…Decent signing by the Angels.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      I have never spoke ill of the guy, and I will always fondly remember him in 2008. That said, I am glad he was traded, and I would have cringed had the Phillies signed him. He is a 4th starter at best anymore, and about the best you can say about him is that he won’t lose 5 starts in a row. After injuried, ,you really can’t even call him an inning horse anymore. He is your proto-type 10-12 starter. Just amazing what you can get for not being 6-16 these days

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      What are you some self-loathing Philly fan? He isn’t a good pitcher. He posted ERA’s 4.82, 5.01, and 4.59 the last 3 years. He once had more than 10 wins for the Phillies in ’09 and that was with a run support per game of 5.1. And got paid very well to be this mediocre.

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