Joe Blanton cut by Angels, still owed $8.5 million

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Joe Blaton went 2-14 with the Angels last year and was sent to the bullpen in midseason.

Joe Blaton went 2-14 with the Angels last year and was sent to the bullpen in midseason.

Blanton's departure leaves the Angels with 39 players on their 40-man roster and takes him out of competition for a bullpen roster spot. The team's starting rotation appears set with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs.