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 ESPN.com 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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50 Comments on "Dodgers Acquire Joe Blanton"


3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

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.

win4vin
3 years 29 days ago

meh…

iedodgerfan
3 years 29 days ago

Not the phillie I was hoping for but way cheaper

3 years 29 days ago

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

CAD_Monkey
3 years 29 days ago

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

FrnchDp
3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

“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.”

Sky14
3 years 29 days ago

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

bleedDODGERblue
3 years 29 days ago

I’d rather have a different Phillie’s starter

3 years 29 days ago

You can probably have Kyle Kendrick for a pack of big league chew

bleedDODGERblue
3 years 29 days ago

I was more thinking Lee

55saveslives
3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

Ryan Howard!

Gumby65
3 years 29 days ago

Kelly Kapoor!

Gumby65
3 years 28 days ago

So long as the deal is egineerd by ex-Dodger GM Kevin Malone.

rainyperez
3 years 29 days 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 29 days ago

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

rainyperez
3 years 29 days 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 29 days ago

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

rainyperez
3 years 29 days 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 29 days ago

Oil Can!

FrnchDp
3 years 29 days ago

Who’s left in PHI??

Jimcass134
3 years 29 days ago

Still all of our mega contracts…:/

3 years 29 days ago

Kyle Kendrick

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 29 days ago

Sorry, nobody left!

mstrchef
3 years 29 days ago

Sid Fernandez!

throwitback85
3 years 29 days ago

Should be a good fit.

TommyL
3 years 29 days ago

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

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 29 days ago

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

3 years 29 days ago

Jon Heyman reports Cliff Lee DID NOT clear waivers

OrangeCards
3 years 29 days ago

darn.

/ S off

NYYANKEES
3 years 29 days ago

Heyman said that Lee did not clear waivers

3 years 29 days ago

Mystery team at it again

bleedDODGERblue
3 years 29 days 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?

Bradley Griffiths
3 years 29 days ago

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

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 29 days ago

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

angrytick
3 years 29 days ago

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

thegrayrace
3 years 29 days ago

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

FrnchDp
3 years 29 days 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…

3 years 29 days ago

Don´t be Pesimist
Your Giants and Our Dbacks can beat them easily

Gothapotamus
3 years 29 days ago

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

Orlandojjk
3 years 29 days ago

This has got to be a joke…

vtadave
3 years 29 days 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”.