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The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.
Blanton's deal includes a team option for 2015, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Burnett's agreement also is pending a physical.
Blanton, who turns 32 next week, was 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA this year for the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him on Aug. 3. He has pitched 175 or more innings in seven of the last eight seasons.
Los Angeles' rotation also includes Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and newly acquired Tommy Hanson. Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams are among the other candidates to replace Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.
The Angels declined their $15.5 million option on Haren, instead paying him a $3.5 million buyout, and the right-hander was close to completing a one-year deal with Washington for $13 million. Santana was traded to Kansas City a few days after the World Series.
Los Angeles has said it would like to retain Zack Greinke, who is likely to get one of the priciest contracts for a free-agent pitcher this offseason.
The 30-year-old Burnett was 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 70 games this year for the Washington Nationals. He joins a bullpen that already has added Ryan Madson to go along with incumbent closer Ernesto Frieri.
Madson is coming back from elbow ligament-replacement surgery. If healthy, he could supplant Frieri as the team's closer.
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NASHVILLE The Angels are closing in on a deal for veteran right-hander Joe Blanton, according to a person who is familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the deal is for two years and 15 million.
Blanton, 31, has an 83-75 career record and 4.37 earned-run average during his nine-year career in which he has pitched...
Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton will help fill two spots in the Los Angeles Angels rotation next season. The latter signed a two year deal worth $15 million on Wednesday. The deal also reportedly has an option for a third year.
If you think that seems like a lot of money for Blanton you are not likely to be alone. Blanton is coming off a season that saw him finish 10-12 with a 4.71...
With the Winter Meetings ready to kick in to high gear, Scott Kazmir couldn’t ask for a better time to have the best start since he began the Winter League part of his comeback.
There are some considerable talks going on according to Buster Olney, who tweeted that interest is high since Friday’s development.
“Teams have already shown interest in Scott Kazmir, and that...
NASHVILLE Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter.
But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke...
Alfredo Silverio, who had a fantastic 2011 season, was selected by the Miami Marlins in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
It was kind of surprising seeing as Silverio missed the entire 2012 season due to a nasty car accident that ultimately led to Tommy John surgery for the toolsy outfielder.
Silverio, 25, was removed from the 40-man roster before re-signing to a minor-league...
Zack Greinke is a lucky, lucky man.
It’s unclear exactly where he’ll be pitching in 2013, but it will probably be Arlington or Los Angeles, and the Dodgers, Angels and Rangers appear to be the last three teams vying for his services. However, some of the numbers being bandied about have made there way around the Internet, and they are mind blowing.
The most cited report has Greinke...
The final day of the Winter Meetings are upon us and with that comes this VERY IMPORTANT update on the Angels...
...the Angels have (drum roll, please) not done a damn thing.
Yep, nothing. Not one move. They haven't signed Greinke or any other starting pitcher. They haven't even brought in a semi-anonymous middle reliever to fill out the bullpen. They...
NASHVILLE -- The Angels fortified their bullpen Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal at about 8 million with veteran left-hander Sean Burnett, said Jim Munsey, Burnett's agent. The deal, which is pending a physical, includes an option for a third year at 4.5 million that can be bought out at 500,000.
Burnett was 1-2 with a 2.38 earned-run average in 70 games, striking...
NESNShane Victorino has agreed to a three-year contract with Boston, according to Alex Speier of WEEI. Victorino is expected to take over right field for the Red Sox, though he’s played the majority of his career in center.Last season, split between the Dodgers and Phillies, he had 11 home runs and 55 RBIs with 39 stolen bases while batting .255 with a .704 OPS. Victorino has known...
NASHVILLE Baseballs winter meetings ended on Thursday morning and Zack Greinke still wasnt a Dodger.
But he wasnt a Texas Ranger, either.
General Manager Ned Colletti said he remained uncertain of how the Dodgers talks with Greinke would progress or when there could be a resolution.
I have no idea, Colletti said.
The Dodgers are waiting on Greinke, but wont be paralyzed by him...
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...
Shane Victorino is the latest free agent to sign with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox ranked at the bottom of the AL East last season and are out to make sure that does not happen again in 2013.
Victorino will join Mike Napoli who also signed a three year deal worth $39 million days ago.
The Red Sox will use Victorino in right field next season. He hit .255/.321/.383 with 11 home...
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The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with free-agent
righthander Dan Haren, according to major league sources.