Joe Blanton coming out of retirement?
Veteran starting pitcher Joe Blanton is on the comeback trail. The right-hander will hold an open workout and bullpen session for interested clubs on Feb. 4, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.
Blanton, 34, retired from baseball in April and did not pitch in the big leagues last season. He last pitched in the Majors in 2013 with the Angels, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA over 28 appearances, including 20 starts.
Over a 10-year career with the Phillies, A’s, Dodgers and Angels, Blanton is 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA. He’s pitched at least 191 innings in six different seasons.
At this point, Blanton’s best bet to get back to the Majors would seem to be as a fifth starter on a Minor League deal. If he can go to Spring Training with a club, he could have a shot.