SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The
That might sound ludicrous, given how poorly Blanton pitched last year. But the Angels appear short on pitching depth. Without Blanton, the Angels' depth chart would have seven starters. Of the 30 major league teams, only the
For now, the Angels do not project Blanton on their roster. He is not one of the five starters.
On Saturday, when Manager
"That's good," Blanton said of Scioscia's remarks. "I've had a pretty decent career. I view myself as a starter. Some guys have to change eventually. I don't think I have that mindset yet."
Blanton, 33, was 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average last season. The Angels owe him $8.5 million.
They were all but resigned to releasing him after his first two spring outings, in which he gave up nine runs in 52/3 innings. In his last outing, he pitched five scoreless innings, after moving from the first base side of the rubber to the third base side.
"Never done it in my life, well, guaranteed I haven't done it since I was 15," Blanton said. "I can't tell you before that."
If Blanton pitches well once or twice more, the Angels might get a call from a team in last-minute need of a starting pitcher, and they probably would absorb most of his salary in a trade. However, if they trade or release him, their starting depth beyond the top five would consist of
"That's the way of the world," Blanton said. "That's the business we're in. It turns into, 'What have you done for me now?' "
Blanton said he does not believe he needs a fresh start elsewhere and said he would accept a bullpen role if necessary. He also said last season was a bad season, not an end to his career.
"I had eight pretty good years and one half-year, well, three-fourths of a year, when I wasn't good at all," he said. "I prefer to be a starter. That's what I have been. That's what I want to be. If that doesn't happen, I'll still go out and compete the best I can and try to help the team win."
For the first time,
"I was just trying to take my mind off it," Weaver said. "It's a frustrating thing. I like to keep the game going. I like to keep the pace quick. We're going to have to deal with it."