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The A’s reached into their past Monday and signed right-hander Joe Blanton to a minor league contract.
Blanton will join the starting rotation at Triple-A Sacramento, according to the River Cats’ Twitter feed.
Blanton was part of Oakland’s famed “Moneyball” draft of 2002 and spent his first four-plus seasons with the A’s. He started the 2008 season opener in Tokyo and won 47 games with a 4.25 ERA overall with the team.
Blanton, 33, fell on hard times last season with the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 2-14 record with a 6.04 ERA. He struggled again this spring and the Angels released him last week. But it certainly can’t hurt for the A’s to take a flier.
If Blanton can re-capture his old form, he’ll be a good fallback option for an Oakland rotation that is without Jarrod Parker all season and A.J. Griffin for perhaps the entire month of April. Both have elbow injuries.