The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim appear set to add more depth to their rotation by reportedly reaching an agreement with Joe Blanton on a two-year deal. Joe McDonnell of Fox Sports was the first to report the deal. Jon Heyman reports that Blanton’s deal is worth $15 million.
The Angels have been thorough thus far in addressing their starting pitching needs by acquiring Tommy Hanson from the Braves, and by adding Blanton today to compete with Garett Richards for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation. Blanton spent time with the Phillies and Dodgers last season, finishing with a 4.71 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 3.39 xFIP, and a tidy 166/34 K/BB ratio. Blanton has thrown at least 175 innings in seven of his last eight seasons.
The Angels 2013 rotation currently projects as Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Hanson, Blanton, and Richards.