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Report: Veteran starter Blanton agrees to terms with Angels

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Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to terms on a two-year, $15-million deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, according to an unnamed source cited by The Los Angeles Times.

Blanton, 31, has pitched previously for the Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. He has compiled a nine-year Major League record of 83-75 and a 4.37 earned-run average.

Blanton's deal with the Angels reportedly calls for a third option year, but it's unclear if that is a club or player option.

Blanton split 2013 between the Phillies and Dodgers, with a combined record of 10-13 and a 4.71 ERA. He also had 166 strikeouts and 34 walks in 191 innings. By moving to the Angels, he is taking a slight pay cut, as he earned $8.5 million last season, according to The Times.

Blanton gives the Angels six potential starters, joining C.J. Wilson, Jerome Williams, Jered Weaver, Tommy Hanson and Garrett Richards.

The Angels also agreed to terms of a two-year, $8-million deal on Wednesday with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett, giving Los Angeles five relievers tentatively now in the bullpen, with Williams potentially earmarked there as well in light of Blanton's acquisition.
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