Blanton signs with the Royals

The Royals have signed veteran right-hander Joe Blanton to a Minor League deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

The move gives Kansas City some additional pitching depth heading into camp, though the right-hander has not pitched in the Majors since the 2013 season with the Angels.

That year, he went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA primarily out of the rotation. He logged 132 2/3 innings that season.

Over a 10-year career, Blanton is 85-89 with a 4.51 ERA and won a career-best 16 games with the A’s in 2006. He has pitched for the Phillies (five years), the A’s (five years), the Dodgers (one year) and the Angels (1 year).

— Joey Nowak

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