Angels say uncle, release Joe Blanton

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Joe Blanton is now a free agent.
Joe Blanton is now a free agent. (USATSI)

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The Angels have finally cut ties with Joe Blanton, the team announced on Wednesday. He has been released.

Blanton, 33, had a 6.04 ERA (62 ERA+) in 132 2/3 innings for the Halos last season, good for -2.0 WAR. He lost a ton of weight over the winter but still allowed 16 runs in 20 1/3 Cactus League innings.

The Angels signed Blanton to a two-year, $15 million contract last winter. They are still on the hook for his $7.5 million salary in 2014, less the pro-rated portion of the league minimum if another team signs him.

Despite his awful 2013 season, Blanton has a track record and another team will likely give him a chance as a depth arm, especially since he'll only cost the league minimum.

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