Athletics sign Joe Blanton to minor-league contract

Joe Blanton has returned to the Athletics.
Joe Blanton has returned to the Athletics. (USATSI)

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The Athletics have signed Joe Blanton to a minor-league contract, the team announced. He will join their Triple-A rotation.

Blanton, 33, was originally drafted and developed by the Athletics. He broke in with the team in 2004 and went 47-46 with a 4.25 ERA (101 ERA+) in parts of five seasons with Oakland before being traded to the Phillies in 2008.

In 20 starts and eight relief appearances for the Angels in 2013, Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA (62 ERA+). He got hammered in spring training (7.08 ERA) and was released last week despite the team's pitching needs.

The A's lost Jarrod Parker for the season and A.J. Griffin for a few weeks, so it wouldn't take much for Blanton to get called up to the big league team.

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