Phillies Interested In John Maine

The Phillies have had discussions with John Maine's representation, agent Rex Gary confirmed to Andrew Marchand and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.  The right-hander made just 24 starts in 2009 and 2010 and was non-tendered by the Mets this winter.

Philadelphia already has five starters with Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, and Joe Blanton.  Ideally though, the Phillies would like to move Blanton and the $17MM he is owed over the next two seasons.

Maine, who turns 30 in May, would likely have to accept a minor league deal.  The right-hander underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in July and his agent says that he has recovered very well.


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51 Comments on "Phillies Interested In John Maine"


Diehard Philsphan
4 years 7 months ago

Arent we trying to trade Joe Blanton becuz we have enough rotation arms? Take the money and put it towards something we need- bullpen help like Chad durbin

Muggi
4 years 7 months ago

I would imagine it’s as a bullpen arm. Maine is decent but never holds up over a starter’s workload.

4 years 7 months ago

Bullpen help and Chad Durbin don’t belong in the same sentence.

4 years 7 months ago

Bullpen help and Chad Durbin don’t belong in the same sentence.

4 years 7 months ago

This is really, really funny to me. There must be someone, somewhere in the organization that they are trying to keep happy.

madaseel
4 years 7 months ago

Clearly this is BS on the part of Maine’s team

Muggi
4 years 7 months ago

What are the Phils going to do with Worley? After playing so well in limited starts/relief last season, figured he would at least be a bullpen arm…but they’re still looking.

4 years 7 months ago

well he still can be a bullpen arm. is never a bad thing to have someone with big league experience stashed in the minors. maine could signed to a minor league deal and than blanton traded. this would be a quality move on the phils part

4 years 7 months ago

why not blanton for brett myers?

wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

cause they would be receiving the same player in return

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

Ed Wade might just be dumb enough to do that.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Too bad Joe Blanton sucks.

4 years 7 months ago

Yet he’d be a number 1 in a Mets line-up. If Joe sucks why does he own them?

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

lol wut? That’s why Niese, Dickey, Johan, Pelfrey all had 100% better years than him? and gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings in April? Do you think before you type?

4 years 7 months ago

I like internet arguing with people that use statements like “100% better”. I’ll get an even bigger kick when Blanton gets traded to the Mets and he’ll be slotted in the 2 spot. Its okay, I’ll still like Blanton even if he gets stuck in Citi Caverns.

4 years 7 months ago

Citi would probably be the best thing for him…or Safeco, or Petco, etc. Dude’s HR/9 is outrageous.

-C

4 years 7 months ago

Blanton career vs. Mets: 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in seven starts.

4 years 7 months ago

Guy’s got playoff experience, though. Might help your rotation, that, you know, doesn’t know what the playoffs are like.

whitesoxfan424
4 years 7 months ago

I would love for the White Sox to sign Maine, and give him a chance to fight for the rotation spot Peavy will not fill, and keep Sale in the bullpen for another year.

myname_989
4 years 7 months ago

This has nothing to do with Joe Blanton. The Phillies starting rotation depth is very thin at the AAA level. As the article says, he’d have to accept a minor league deal, and despite having Worley and Kendrick as suitable replacements, they still need the depth.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

I remember when he threw 12 straight balls and another time threw two pitches to start the game and then was done. Good luck with him…lulz

CitizenSnips
4 years 7 months ago

Guy could barely break 80 mph with his fastball.

4 years 7 months ago

Please god no “BIG GAME” Maine. Dude is a waste. Minor league deal maybe a spot start late in Sept to rest some starters at the very most. Other then that, let someone like KC sign him.

4 years 7 months ago

Seems like another solid move by the Phillies. Maybe he could be another Rodrigo Lopez and win us a few games if one of the four aces goes down.

tony_mciv
4 years 7 months ago

^Agreed. Funny how good Lopez was during that time and then went to the D-Backs and… I haven’t heard much from him since…

Anyway, the Phillies seem to luck out on these types of players. Except Kris Benson of course, but there have been players like Valdez who stepped up. Too bad the Mets gave him up.

4 years 7 months ago

Kris Benson, was that in 2008? I know we signed him but things just never really worked out. Just glad we acquired him through free agency, and not, you know, trading Ryan Howard for him…. ah, Ed Wade.

4 years 7 months ago

I see no hurry to unload Blanton. A month or 2 into the season some big name pitcher gets hurt (maybe even one of ours), and his contract becomes much more palatable. His pricetag only goes up if he starts the season well, and if he’s going up against other teams’ 4th and 5th starters, I like his odds. From what I’ve read, the Mets are interested but Rub doesn’t want to trade within the division… could be the Philly press bias through.

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, this is all about clearing out Blanton’s contract and bringing in a cheap arm to compete with Kendrick (and perhaps Worley) for that 5th spot. Read between the lines when Dubee and Manuel talk about Kendrick and it’s pretty clear they have zero confidence in the guy.

nm344
4 years 7 months ago

sounds like you’re a sore Mets fan

4 years 7 months ago

You might want to look at Blanton’s post All-Star break numbers and then get back to me.

4 years 7 months ago

Trivia time: Q. How many Rangers starters who aren’t trying to come back from career-threatening shoulder surgery have a better career winning percentage than Joe Blanton? A. One (Tommy Hunter). Q. How many have a better career ERA than Joe Blanton? A. One (C.J. Wilson). Q. How far off was your guess on Blanton’s ERA? A. 1.58 runs. (You could add Blanton’s actual ERA to Cliff Lee’s 2009 post-season ERA and still not come up with as big a number as you guessed.) You might have less “common knowledge” than you think.

Muggi
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think they’re going to get a trade where the whole salary is accepted, but someone will trade for the guy. He’s far from great, but dependable league-average starters (and that’s probably the biggest asset Blanton brings) do have SOME value.

Backloading the deal was seen by a lot of Phils’ fans as a bad idea at the time, and now we’re seeing why that was true.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Your deductive reasoning skills rock! I would have went for Texas Rangers fan based on his username, but I would be wrong.

tacko
4 years 7 months ago

Is everything that dislikes the Phillies a sore Mets fan to you guys?

CitizenSnips
4 years 7 months ago

You do realize that all this “potential awesome pitcher” crap is why the Mets had held on to Maine for two years and then let him go? He’s been a reclamation project for the last few years, him going to Philly won’t do much.

4 years 7 months ago

Rangers fan and common knowledge in the same sentence induce laughter in all who are rational.

diehardmets
4 years 7 months ago

This, my friends, is why Philly fans are the worst fans in baseball. They make Yankee fans look intelligent.

diehardmets
4 years 7 months ago

This, my friends, is why Philly fans are the worst fans in baseball. They make Yankee fans look intelligent.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

3.48/1.338 and a .277 BAA. 6.41 in the first half too. Woof.

4 years 7 months ago

And Derek Lowe’s amazing September makes him totally worth his contract…

/sarcasm

-C

4 years 7 months ago

Where the worst because we can stat facts? Interesting. Enjoy the basement Los Mets where you can troll the Phillies message boards all year round!

4 years 7 months ago

I wonder what it says about Phillies fans if we insist on using actual numbers to make our case … Joe Blanton is 42nd among active starters in career ERA and 35th in career winning percentage. He’s been a solid big league pitcher over seven seasons in both leagues. Trying to reduce him to his pre- or post-break numbers from last year is, well, retarded. Aaron Cook, Jake Westbrook, Ervin Santana … that’s who Joe Blanton is, and that’s a reasonably valuable commodity in the MLB.

Doc
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah we’re bad fans. Our rotation is freakin nipples though. Later

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

I mean, you spell to wrong “We’re” to start off. Everyone knows, Philly is home to the worst fans period. If by facts you mean, “Joe Blanton would be number two on the Mets” even though their three starters out pitched Blanton. Here’s a strong fact: Before the Utley/Hamels days, you “fans” were non-existent.

nm344
4 years 7 months ago

I put more weight into the all too familiar Met fan anti-Phillies whining than a username.

Diehard Philsphan
4 years 7 months ago

SP Roy Halladay
SP Cliff Lee
SP Roy Oswalt
SP Cole Hamels
SP Joe Blanton

This way better than with Maine in it. RAJ said they don’t have to clear payroll, only for deadline flexibility

4 years 7 months ago

Very nice touch … using an ungrammatical sentence to point out someone else’s ungrammatical sentence. If you’re going to nitpick, you should at lease take the time to proof read.

4 years 7 months ago

Might also be worth noting that I sat with about 20,000 other Phillies fans at Citi Field for a Mets/Phillies game last year. It’s not hard to get a ticket in Queens because the Mets fans are pretty scarce themselves these days.

Muggi
4 years 7 months ago

Sadly, equal or better than Pelfrey (3.76/1.30 .263) and Niese’s (4.82/1.57 .296) 2nd halves.

Solid 4/5 guy when healthy, just like the two guys listed above.

4 years 7 months ago

Let’s See: Blanton (before this year where he missed the first month) averaged atleast 30 starts and 190 innings in each of his full major league seasons. He’s a durable innings eatting starter that would be a solid #3-4 on any rotation besides in the NL West or Boston.

He also had a sub 3 ERA after the all star break.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Hah! You’ll be surprised how many people hate the Phillies, not just Mets fans. Present company included..