- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have granted right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton his unconditional release, but will still have to pay him $8.5 million.

The Angels made the move Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Blanton struggled in spring training with a 7.08 ERA in five appearances over 20 1-3 innings. He was 2-14 last year and sent to the bullpen in midseason.

The Angels will absorb Blanton’s contract and pay him $7.5 million this year, with another $1 million to buy out the $8 million club option for 2015.

Blanton’s departure leaves the Angels with 39 players on their 40-man roster and takes him out of competition for a bullpen roster spot. The team’s starting rotation appears set with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs.

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