Aug 7, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton (55) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics Bring Back RHP Joe Blanton On Minor-League Deal


Aug 7, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Joe Blanton (55) during the game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have signed right-hander Joe Blanton to a minor-league contract and he will open the season at Triple-A Sacramento.

The RiverCats official Twitter account broke the news:

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle later reported via Twitter that Blanton will be given a chance to work his way back to the majors:

 

Blanton was released by the Angels on Wednesday after a difficult first season in Anaheim as a free agent. Blanton had a 6.04 ERA and 1.613 WHIP—both career-worsts—and served up 29 home runs in just 132.2 innings, striking out 108. He made 20 starts before being demoted to long relief.

It didn’t seem to get better this spring, as Blanton posted a 7.08 ERA and 1.475 WHIP in 20.1 innings, allowing five homers and striking out 13.

He enjoyed his most success with the A’s early in his career, when he had a 4.09 ERA and 1.317 WHIP from 2005-07, starting 98 games and working 625.2 innings with 363 strikeouts. He led the American League with 34 starts in 2007.

The A’s traded Blanton to Philadelphia in July 2008 after he had a 4.96 ERA and 1.417 WHIP in 127 innings over 20 starts, picking up left-hander Josh Outman, infielder Adrian Cardenas and minor-leaguer Matt Spencer in the deal.

He was traded to the Dodgers in August 2012 for a player to be named (minor-league pitcher Ryan O’Sullivan) and signed with the Angels in December 2012.

Blanton was the 24th overall pick by the A’s out of the University of Kentucky in 2002 and he debuted a little more than two years later, in September 2004.

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  • afannaz

    when he was at his best with the A’s, his numbers then would have put him somewhere at the end of the 2014 staff. his numbers now probably put him at the end of the river cats staff. i guess he was a little to no risk signing $$$, and the A’s are down pitchers, but …really? isn’t this a bit of a reach, even for BB? ok, i’ll try to reserve further judgement. go A’s! (keeping my fingers crossed tonights game doesn’t get rained out!)

    • Phil Watson

      At worst, he’s a veteran arm in Triple-A. At best, he’s a cheap insurance policy (considering the Angels have to pay him this year).