Joe Blanton, who has $8.5 million remaining on his contract after a rough 2013 season, will be used to start split-squad games, which the Angels conveniently have in five-day intervals on March 7, March 12 and March 17. At some point in the next three days, the 33-year-old right-hander will start getting stretched out by pitching the middle innings.
Blanton's situation remains the same: If Skaggs struggles, he could be a temporary option as a fifth starter to open the season. Otherwise, the Angels will spend the spring looking for a trade partner and will release him if they can't. The Angels aren't expected to carry Blanton as a long reliever.
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