Jul 22, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starter Joe Blanton (55) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Angels looking to trade or release Joe Blanton

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a problem – they don’t have any additional room in their starting rotation.

That leaves Joe Blanton on the outside looking in and it appears the team is ready to either trade or release the veteran starting pitcher.

Blanton could get a rotation spot in case of injury to one of the projected five starters, or if the Angels decide to send Skaggs or Santiago to the minor leagues. However, if the Angels do not alter their planned rotation, Blanton could be traded or released.

The Angels are not expected to carry a long relief arm on their regular season roster, so that leaves little opportunity for Blanton outside of an injury.

He’ll likely remain with the team through spring in case of an injury or if a starter struggles and needs to be sent to the minor leagues, but things don’t look good for Blanton’s future with the Angels.

A pitching hungry team could potentially show interest in Blanton via trade (or post release) – though no specific team has been linked to any interest.

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