Joe Blanton is making a comeback with the Royals

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Joe Blanton, who went into semi-retirement in the middle of last season after being released by the Angels and the A’s, is now making a comeback and has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals.

Blanton held an open workout for interested teams earlier this month and must have looked reasonably decent to snag a deal, although obviously there’s zero risk involved for the Royals.

Blanton is 34 years old and has a combined 5.09 ERA in 541 innings dating back to 2010, but the bar for “decent fifth starter” is pretty low and teams can never have enough pitching depth.