Dodgers Acquire Joe Blanton

The Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Phillies announced. The Dodgers claimed Blanton off of waivers, according to the Phillies, who have called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in a related move.

Blanton has a 4.59 ERA with 7.8 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 and a 43.9% ground ball rate in 133 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year. The 31-year-old earns $8.5MM — $2.8MM between now and the end of the season — and is set to hit free agency this fall. The Dodgers will be responsible for Blanton's remaining salary, Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio reports (on Twitter).

Every National League team but the Giants, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds, Braves and Nationals appears to have passed on the chance to claim Blanton. He drew interest from the Orioles from leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, but Baltimore was reluctant to match Philadelphia's asking price.

Blanton joins a rotation that includes Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Chad Billingsley. Stephen Fife figures to lose his rotation spot in the short term, and another pitcher could be bumped from the starting five when the team activates Ted Lilly from the disabled list. The Dodgers attempted to acquire pitching depth leading up to the trade deadline, when they were rumored to have interest in Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, among others.

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  1. I’m guessing they didn’t claim Lee, then..

    • Not necessarily…this could be more telling of Fife’s last outing and Lilly may not be as ready as we had all hoped. Doesn’t add anything to top of rotation.

  2. win4vin 3 years ago


  3. iedodgerfan 3 years ago

    Not the phillie I was hoping for but way cheaper

  4. Finally, the end of the Joe Blanton trade rumors. This has gone on way too long

  5. CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

    And here I thought Ned was going to claim the wrong C. Lee, he goes and claims the wrong Philly!

    • FrnchDp 3 years ago

      guess you weren’t specific enough in your wishes! 😉

  6. “The Phillies claimed Blanton off of waivers, according to the Phillies, who have called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in a related move.”

    should be:

    “The Dodgers claimed Blanton off of waivers, according to the Phillies, who have called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in a related move.”

  7. Sky14 3 years ago

    So the Phillies claimed Joe Blanton eh? Wonder how he made it to the Dodgers.

  8. bleedDODGERblue 3 years ago

    I’d rather have a different Phillie’s starter

  9. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Dodgers acquire Victorino
    Giants acquire Pence
    Dodgers acquire Blanton
    Giants acquire ????

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      Would be the biggest LOL if the Giants decided to go after Lee.

      *right when I typed that apparently Lee didn’t clear waivers.

      • 55saveslives 3 years ago

        Haha Let’s go for 100 mill in pitching next year!!

        • rainyperez 3 years ago

          Well the Giants as of right now do have the richest owner in all of baseball. I think for him being a recluse he should go do it as unrealistically as that is. Or they can go after Utley who coincidentally lives in SF and can play 1B.

          *also not being serious should note more of a roster fantasizing.

          • 55saveslives 3 years ago

            Imagine if Charles would spend a little of his BILLIONS to make this team great! :/

          • rainyperez 3 years ago

            Seriously man has close to $5 billion dollars to his name!?

            All fans can hope for is that rainy day fund the Giants FO keep talking about.

            Also they just made an extra $10 million when the terminator/mantis man Hunter Pence coming over from the Phillies. Mantis hats are on the way either that or T-1000 exoskeleton masks.

    • BrickTops 3 years ago

      Oil Can!

    • FrnchDp 3 years ago

      Who’s left in PHI??

    • Kyle Kendrick

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      Sorry, nobody left!

    • mstrchef 3 years ago

      Sid Fernandez!

  10. throwitback85 3 years ago

    Should be a good fit.

  11. TommyL 3 years ago

    blech….did they really need yet another #5 starter?

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

      Actually, they do. Capuano has been kind of meh lately and Ted Lilly, well, who knows about him?

  12. Jon Heyman reports Cliff Lee DID NOT clear waivers

  13. OrangeCards 3 years ago


    / S off

  14. NYYANKEES 3 years ago

    Heyman said that Lee did not clear waivers

  15. bleedDODGERblue 3 years ago

    Still going to be optimistic about getting Lee. It’s still possible if one of our current starting pitchers is involved in the trade, say Billingsley?

  16. Bradley Griffiths 3 years ago

    So does Philly get to write themselves a check if they go with cash considerations?

    • BlueSkyLA
      BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

      No but the do get to take the entire team back as the players to be named later.

  17. AngryTick 3 years ago

    Is Blanton better then Fife? Sorry, this move doesn’t seem to make the Dodgers any better IMO!

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      He probably is better than Fife. Fife’s had insanely good luck. It isn’t going to last.

  18. FrnchDp 3 years ago

    Wait… I thought the Dodgers were the Yankees of the NL West.. it’s starting to look like they’re the Phillies of the NL West instead…

  19. Gothapotamus 3 years ago

    Thanks Joe the Lumber! We will always have Game 4.

  20. Orlandojjk 3 years ago

    This has got to be a joke…

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Yeah I’m sure Ben had nothing better to do, so he decided to play a big joke on all of us and the best he thought of was “Joe Blanton to the Dodgers”.

  21. ThinkBlue10 3 years ago

    That’s the Colletti we’re used to! Thanks Ned.

  22. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    Good Move by The LA Dodgers. Blanton is a back of the rotation pitcher. The Giants need to get another starter as well as 2 bullpen guys. It is still early in The Waiver Process.

  23. The thing Joe Blanton has an ERA over 4 against every team in the EXCEPT the Dodgers

  24. mstrchef 3 years ago

    Maybe Bluto will be a better pitcher in Dodger Stadium, which might hold turn some of those long fly balls into outs.

  25. gofightns 3 years ago

    Blanton consistently gets 6+ innings and should benefit from a larger stadium. Good move all around, but why B.J. Rosenberg? They had just moved him into the starting rotation in AAA, but I was thinking they might give Tyler Cloyd a shot at some point in this lost season. Really, there is no better time to see if his 1.93 ERA, 11-1 record, and .207 opp avg will actually translate into success in the bigs.

  26. James Attwood 3 years ago

    Did Kevin Towers forget to check the waiver wire? How did Blanton even make it to the Dodgers? And now Lee too?

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