Orioles Are Blanton’s Most Interested Suitor

8:55pm: The teams continue haggling about players and money, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).  The Phillies would absorb more money if they get a better prospect in return.

8:15pm: The Orioles are declining to trade Schoop for Blanton, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter).  The teams are deep in negotiations, Connolly writes.  Five to seven teams, including the Blue Jays, have showed interest in Blanton, according to Connolly.

8:04pm: The Phillies want to shed all of Blanton's contract (he's owed $3.02MM from here until the end of the season), but the Orioles are hesitant to take on that much salary in this case, Connolly reports (Twitter links). The Phillies believe they have other options, so negotiations could continue until the trade deadline on Tuesday.

7:03pm: Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer hears the Phillies want infield prospect Jonathan Schoop for Blanton.  Schoop, 20, entered the season as the Orioles' number three prospect behind Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, according to Baseball America.  However, he didn't crack the publication's midseason list of the top 50 prospects in the game.  Schoop has a .244/.301/.391 batting line in 413 plate appearances at Double-A this year.

4:39pm: The Phillies have sent Blanton's medical records to the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports (on Twitter).

11:04am: The Orioles are Joe Blanton's most interested suitor, according to MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli.  She reminds us that the Cardinals and Blue Jays have also expressed interest.  But for the Orioles, the Phillies' righty is "there if they want him," a source tells Ghiroli.  Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com says the Orioles have been checking Blanton out since spring training, and Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported on the team's interest as well today.  Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that while the Orioles are one of five to seven teams that inquired on Blanton and they may be the most intrigued, the organization is torn on whether he'll help.

Ghiroli says the Orioles have scouted Blanton heavily, and one source tells her the Phillies seek an MLB-ready utility player or a middle relief prospect.  Blanton, 31, has a 4.59 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, 1.49 HR/9, and 43.9% groundball rate in 133 1/3 innings this year, and he's averaged over 6.6 innings per start.  He'll take the ball every fifth day and won't hurt himself with walks, but will also allow tons of hits and home runs.  Blanton signed an extension with the Phillies in January of 2010 and has just over $3MM left on his contract.     


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95 Comments on "Orioles Are Blanton’s Most Interested Suitor"


3 years 1 month ago

So this is what? The 10th season in a row where the Phillies have tried to move Blanton?

Orsulakfan
3 years 1 month ago

Please don’t do it, Duquette!

3 years 1 month ago

Later Heavy B!

Gothapotamus
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks for Game 4, Joe the Lumber – we shall not forget.

Hey Its Placido Polanco
3 years 1 month ago

“Great trade – who’d we get?”

FOmeOLS
3 years 1 month ago

This is a bad idea. The orioles have lots of mediocre pitchers. why get one more?
Either do nothing, or get someone YOUNG and GOOD.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Well, if the O’s want to make a move just to make a move, Blanton is “there if they want him.”

Of course, we have plenty of guys who can give up tons of hits and home runs and post 5.00+ ERAs already…

OrangeCards
3 years 1 month ago

Gross.

Bob
3 years 1 month ago

Blantons been pretty damn solid. Im sure if the team takes most of the salary they wont be giving up much.

mstrchef
3 years 1 month ago

What if…

… acquiring Blanton for, say, Robert Andino (the major league ready utility guy the Phillies say they are looking for) would allow the O’s to part with Matusz in a deal for Headley? Then does it make sense to get Blanton?

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

yes

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

If Matusz is the kind of player the Padres have been waiting on in the Headley trade talks, they must be getting some miserable offers…

hiflyer000
3 years 1 month ago

Philly beat writers are saying this is a done deal

Ron Opher
3 years 1 month ago

Medical records? I am dying to know what Joe’s cholestorol levels are!

Seriously, we’ve loved having Blanton here since his stellar down the stretch pitching in ’08 (and his World Series home run – how many pitchers can say that?). He’s one of the best second half pitchers in all of baseball and the O’s will get him ridiculously cheap.

If you guys could tolerate Jeremy Guthrie all those years, you’ll be much happier with Blanton.

PieroB
3 years 1 month ago

You could always pick up Livo cheap from the Brewers?

Tony Zayas
3 years 1 month ago

Blanton is unreliable, bet he give up three home runs his next start and six runs. No way would i trade a top ten prospect for him. Maybe a RP. That’s it. O’s are
doing you a favor taking 3mil off the books.

Ron Opher
3 years 1 month ago

Phils would gladly pay the 3 million to get a better prospect…Ruben spends our money like a drunken sailor on shore leave (with apologies to sailors)

max
3 years 1 month ago

This only makes sense if they send Matusz/Arrietta in a deal for Headley. They shouldn’t be making moves just to make a move. They don’t have 1 good top of the rotation starter and have about 7 mediocore ones, why get another??

1980CHAMPS
3 years 1 month ago

Phillies got 2 decent prospects for Thome from the O’s. I’d Imagine Blanton would fetch even more if they pay the majority remaining on his deal.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

It makes no sense for the Phillies to eat most/all of the money on the guys they’re trading. The major reason for this “fire sale” is to get under the luxury tax this year.

Bender44
3 years 1 month ago

I might disagree to an extent. Thats part of reason no doubt, but they also have to realize they have an old team and nothing on the farm that can step in soonish. They can afford to go over the tax threshold for one year if they can get players that can help them for the next 5-10 years.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

It’s bad business for them to pay a 17% tax this year on a losing season and play 30% next year…

Bender44
3 years 1 month ago

True true. But maybe they’ve deluded themselves into thinking that next year will be a winning season. And they’ll only have to pay 30% if the go over for both 13 and 14. Utley’s and Halladay’s contracts are off the books after next season right? That should push them down under the tax cap.

Bender44
3 years 1 month ago

Also they have the tv deal coming up. They’ll need to be competitive for the next few years in order to get maximum dollar on that deal.

PHILAbeatdown
3 years 1 month ago

No the reason they r doing this is to get back players to restock thr farm. And if the phillies could get back schoop for blanton then it would be a great trade for thr phillies. Even if it meang eating most or all of the salary. They still have other player that can gRt them under the luxury tax. They also ill be able to bring up cloyd to pitch the rest of the rest of the season. Hes already proven himself in the minors and deserves his shot with the big league.club already…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

Ugh,,, if you think the Orioles are actually going to give up Schoop for Blanton I’m not even going to waste my time arguing with you.

Ron Opher
3 years 1 month ago

No…the major reason for the fire sale is to bring in some young (i.e. cheap) guys who can produce, since Mayberry, Brown, Bastardo, Stutes, Diekman, Schwimer, Rosenberg gave them a big ZERO in 2012. Galvis was their best young player this year and he got busted for PEDs and fractured his back.

I’m also pretty sure they are not over the luxury tax threshold this season, plus with nearing 300 sellouts in a row, it’s much more about having a better 2013 to keep the interest up than a few million saved here or there and another lousy season next year.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 1 month ago

Yup. Gonna get some future all stars for Joe Blanton, Juan Pierre, Ty Wiggington, and Victorino.

Pence is the only guy worthwhile for anyone to acquire. They ARE over the luxury tax. Not by much. Are they trying to get more players? Yes. But it’s imperative for them to get under the tax for next year… because to fill all the holes on the team, they’re going to have to go over it.

PHILAbeatdown
3 years 1 month ago

They actually are supposedly between 4 to 5 mill over the luxury tqx as of right now…

mstrchef
3 years 1 month ago

As an O’s fan, I can assure you that the Phillies got two marginal prospects for Thome. Lino is a 19 year old catch and throw guy who right now couldn’t hit water falling out of a boat. Kyle Simon was pretty miserable in A ball this year with a high hit rate and low K rate.

Blanton would definitely fetch more than that, but that’s really not saying much. However, if the Phils insist on the O’s picking up the $3MM left on Bluto’s contract, they aren’t getting much at all.

Bender44
3 years 1 month ago

Blood type: Rocky Road

Jeff Miller
3 years 1 month ago

Blanton for Tyler Kelly. Struggled at AAA to start the year and was sent down to A+ ball. Just recently bumped up to AA. Versatile guy who can play 2B, 3B and the corner outfield spots. Not sure if he fits into the Oriioles long-term plans, but he’s not listed in their top 20 prospects from what I’ve read.

Odawg8
3 years 1 month ago

No way the Phil’s get Schoop for Blanton. I could see them getting Andino or Robert Bundy.

mstrchef
3 years 1 month ago

Bobby Bundy is out for the rest of the year with elbow surgery. Phillies won’t trade for him. I can totally see Andino for Blanton. Hoping it’s Andino, Ryan Adams, and a reliever for Blanton and Victorino.

OhthePossibilities
3 years 1 month ago

In addition to wanting Schoop for Blanton, the Phillies also asked for the Baltimore Aquarium in exchange for a fish tank of half eaten philly cheesesteaks.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Of course the Phillies want Schoop for Blanton. And the O’s want Cliff Lee for Jason Berken. And I want $25K for my used Ford Escort.

What does everyone else want?

Rabbitov
3 years 1 month ago

NSFW

3 years 1 month ago

Don’t forget that Duquette is the same guy who got Pedro to Boston for Carl Pavano and a moldy sandwich. What goes around comes around, I guess.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

First, I don’t see how the two are related.

Second, hindsight is fun and all, but Pavano was a fantastic prospect at the time of the deal, and the moldy sandwich (Tony Armas Jr.) wasn’t too shabby either.

3 years 1 month ago

I’m pretty sure the O’s could get Kevin Correia for less than a top 10 prospect. Correia’s cheaper than Blanton and just as volatile!

rainyperez
3 years 1 month ago

Seriously. Maybe the deal breaker is Rollins for Machado too!?

Ron Opher
3 years 1 month ago

Correia’s habit of pitching to contact would translate even more poorly to the AL than Blanton’s, who K’s quite a few guys and keeps the walks down so the HRs don’t kill him (a poor man’s Catfish Hunter? or maybe Bronson Arroyo in his prime is a good comparable) Blanton’s peripherals are ugly but the dude wins a lot of games.

3 years 1 month ago

Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer hears the Phillies want infield prospect Jonathan Schoop for Blanton.
I think Bob needs to take a drive down the shore and clear his head. I don’t think his hearing is up to snuff. The Phillies can ask for Schoop for Blanton, but I wouldn’t trade Schoop unless if was Halladay and the Phillies eat some salary. I can’t wait to hear the response if any. Probable more dislikes! :p
PS DanistheGuy 52 likes…. is that some sort of record? I mean my Morneau idea got three dislkes, I think someone is biased against “Lefty”… tear, tear, sniff.
Also on a more serious note, kudos to Miguel Gonzalez tonight against the Yankees!
Nice Bounce back game!

3 years 1 month ago

Schoop for Blanton bahahahahah