The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released veteran right-hander Joe Blanton on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Blanton struggled in his first season with the Angels in 2013, posting a 2-14 record with a 6.04 ERA in 28 games covering 132 2/3 innings, and continued to have trouble this spring, allowing 16 runs in 20 1/3 innings in Cactus League games.
Blanton signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels last winter. The Angels owe him $7.5 million this year and a $1 million buyout on his 2015 option.
Since his first major league season in 2004, Blanton has logged a career record of 85-89 with a 4.52 ERA.