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  1. Released by the Angels, Joe Blanton signs with the A’s

    Mar 31, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton is going back to where it all began, signing a minor-league contract with the A’s after being released by the Angels last week.

  2. Angels release Joe Blanton with $8.5 million left on contract

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Last offseason the Angels signed Joe Blanton to a two-year, $15 million deal. He was horrendous, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA while getting dumped from the rotation and now, after a similarly terrible spring training, they’ve decided to simply release the 33-year-old right-hander. In doing so the Angels eat the $7.5 million Blanton is…

  3. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…

  4. Mark Mulder’s injury won’t make Angels trust Joe Blanton

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Mark Mulder‘s comeback attempt ending before it really even began thanks to a torn Achilles’ tendon took a dent out of the Angels’ rotation depth, but they still aren’t willing to trust Joe Blanton and his $8.5 million salary. Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA last season after signing with the Angels as a…

  5. With little payroll maneuverability, Angels may have to trade to bolster rotation

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    The Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal on Saturday, just a day after adding third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas in a trade for Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk. As a result, the Angels have about $8 million left before hitting the $189 million luxury tax threshold,…

  6. Report: Angels sign Joe Smith to three-year, $15.75 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Joe Smith Getty

    The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s worth $15.75 million. Obviously, it’s a big price for a pretty anonymous guy, but Smith has a 2.97 ERA since entering the…

  7. Why would a 25-year-old quit baseball after his MLB debut?

    Oct 30, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Adrian Cardenas was a Phillies first-round pick in 2006 and established himself as a solid second base prospect, getting traded to the A’s for Joe Blanton in mid-2008. He hit .292 at Triple-A and got a cup of coffee with the Cubs last season, appearing in 45 games as a 24-year-old, but decided not to…

  8. Joe Blanton in danger of losing spot in Angels’ rotation

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Angels starter Joe Blanton has the third-worst ERA in baseball at 5.66. That, and a recent confrontation with pitching coach Mike Butcher, are reasons the Angels are looking to remove him from the rotation. Via MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez and William Boor: “We’re working on a couple things now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re going…

  9. Joe Blanton and pitching coach Mike Butcher had a heated exchange

    Jul 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton allowed four runs in four-plus innings of work this afternoon, ending his first half with a 5.53 ERA, the second-worst mark in the American League behind Wade Davis at 5.89. After Blanton was taken out after allowing the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning to reach base on a single,…

  10. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jun 30, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT

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    The longest current winning streak in the majors belongs to the Pirates (at eight straight games). The second-longest streak belongs to Anaheim. Joe Blanton surrendered just three hits over seven innings and shortstop Erick Aybar went 2-for-5 with two RBI as the Angels defeated the Astros 7-2 on Saturday night in Houston for their fifth…

  11. Angels will skip Joe Blanton’s next turn in the rotation

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Joe Blanton is 1-10 with a 5.87 ERA and the Angels just announced that the veteran right-hander’s next turn in the rotation will be skipped. That means he won’t start Sunday against the Yankees as scheduled, with the Angels lining up C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson, and Jered Weaver for the three-game series instead. It’s tough…

  12. Brandon McCarthy headed to disabled list with shoulder problems

    Jun 1, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are placing right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list due to shoulder problems. This confirms a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Of course, shoulder issues are nothing new for McCarthy, who gave up six runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings in…

  13. The Kansas City Royals Power Hour

    May 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Kansas City Royals

    The Kansas City Royals did not hit a home run again on Tuesday — heck, they only managed two hits against the Cardinals, a hard double and soft single by Billy Butler — (update: they failed again on Wednesday) and so that means they have two home runs since May 15, both by 439-year-old Miguel…

  14. Jered Weaver to return from fractured elbow Wednesday

    May 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Out since April 8 with a fractured left elbow, Jered Weaver will come off the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Dodgers. Weaver bypassed a minor-league rehab assignment, but did throw 5.2 innings of one-run ball in an extended spring training game last week while racking up nine strikeouts versus zero walks. There’s no…

  15. Cole Hamels is 1-8

    May 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Phillies starter Cole Hamels lost his eighth game this afternoon as he was vastly out-dueled by Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the Nats’ 6-1 victory. Hamels allowed five runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as his ERA was actually lowered to 4.43. The first two months for Hamels have…

  16. Dodgers training staff comes to T.J. Simers’ aid after he has a ministroke

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Simers

    It’s no secret that T.J. Simers grinds my gears. He probably likes that, as grinding people’s gears is his thing. But no amount of nonsense from a sportswriter will ever make me want to see harm befall him, so I was sad to see that Simers had a ministroke over the weekend. And happy to…

  17. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  18. Joe Blanton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    When I was in Angels’ camp in Tempe a week ago Friday, I didn’t see Joe Blanton. I guess now we know why: When Joe Blanton takes the mound for the first time in Angel Stadium with his new team, fans who have been oblivious to his career since he left the Phils may be…

  19. Joe Saunders wants a three-year contract

    Jan 5, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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    In a world where Joe Blanton gets two years with an option, Jeremy Guthrie gets three years and Edwin Jackson gets four, Joe Saunders wants his piece of the pie. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Saunders was originally seeking a four-year deal last month and is now looking for a three-year…

  20. Indians’ one-year deal with Brett Myers includes $8 million option for 2014

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Brett Myers and the Indians officially announced their one-year, $7 million deal today and it was also revealed that the team option for 2014 is worth $8 million. So if Myers pitches well and stays healthy he’ll get $15 million for two seasons, which would be the same contract that free agent starters like Joe…

  21. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  22. Joe Saunders in talks with Orioles, Mariners and Padres

    Dec 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have also discussed Saunders as an option to replace R.A. Dickey. However, it’s not clear whether they have spoken with his agent or if they are willing to go to multiple years in order to sign him. 10:01 AM: We heard earlier this week…

  23. Angels never made strong push for Zack Greinke, dropped out of bidding in early November

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    At the beginning of the offseason the Angels shed Ervin Santana and Dan Haren from the payroll, seemingly to prepare to break the bank re-signing Zack Greinke. There were even articles suggesting re-signing Greinke was the entire focus of their offseason plan. And yet the Angels dropped out of the Greinke bidding weeks before he…

  24. Priced out on Zack Greinke, Angels GM calls moving on a “practical decision”

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Early in the offseason the Angels were shopping Ervin Santana (who they eventually traded) and Dan Haren (whose option they eventually declined) because they wanted to clear payroll space to re-sign Zack Greinke, making that the focus of their winter. Unfortunately for the Angels once Greinke actually hit the open market and the offers started…

  25. Dodgers considering bowing out of Zack Greinke sweepstakes

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    When the Winter Meetings began, many considered the deep-pocketed Dodgers the heavy favorites to land free agent right-hander Zack Greinke. But now that teams, players and agents have departed Nashville, his future isn’t so clear. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Greinke talks have reached a “critical stage” and the Dodgers are now considering bowing…

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