NASHVILLE — [Updated at 5:34 p.m.: The Angels and veteran right-hander Joe Blanton have agreed to terms on a two-year, $15-million deal, according to a person who is familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly. The deal includes an option for a third year.]
Blanton, 31, has an 83-75 career record and 4.37 earned-run average during his nine-year career in which he has pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and Dodgers.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder split last season between the Phillies and Dodgers, going 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA, 166 strikeouts and 34 walks in 191 innings and earning $8.5 million in salary.
It was unclear Wednesday evening whether the signing of Blanton would affect the Angels’ pursuit of free-agent starters such as Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse or Brandon McCarthy.