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.
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.
Not the phillie I was hoping for but way cheaper
Finally, the end of the Joe Blanton trade rumors. This has gone on way too long
And here I thought Ned was going to claim the wrong C. Lee, he goes and claims the wrong Philly!
guess you weren’t specific enough in your wishes! 😉
“The Phillies claimed Blanton off of waivers, according to the Phillies, who have called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in a related move.”
“The Dodgers claimed Blanton off of waivers, according to the Phillies, who have called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg in a related move.”
So the Phillies claimed Joe Blanton eh? Wonder how he made it to the Dodgers.
I’d rather have a different Phillie’s starter
You can probably have Kyle Kendrick for a pack of big league chew
I was more thinking Lee
Dodgers acquire Victorino
Giants acquire Pence
Dodgers acquire Blanton
Giants acquire ????
So long as the deal is egineerd by ex-Dodger GM Kevin Malone.
Would be the biggest LOL if the Giants decided to go after Lee.
*right when I typed that apparently Lee didn’t clear waivers.
Haha Let’s go for 100 mill in pitching next year!!
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.
Imagine if Charles would spend a little of his BILLIONS to make this team great! :/
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.
Who’s left in PHI??
Still all of our mega contracts…:/
Sorry, nobody left!
Should be a good fit.
blech….did they really need yet another #5 starter?
Actually, they do. Capuano has been kind of meh lately and Ted Lilly, well, who knows about him?
Jon Heyman reports Cliff Lee DID NOT clear waivers
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Heyman said that Lee did not clear waivers
Mystery team at it again
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?
So does Philly get to write themselves a check if they go with cash considerations?
No but the do get to take the entire team back as the players to be named later.
Is Blanton better then Fife? Sorry, this move doesn’t seem to make the Dodgers any better IMO!
He probably is better than Fife. Fife’s had insanely good luck. It isn’t going to last.
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…
Don´t be Pesimist
Your Giants and Our Dbacks can beat them easily
Thanks Joe the Lumber! We will always have Game 4.
This has got to be a joke…
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”.
That’s the Colletti we’re used to! Thanks Ned.
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.
The thing Joe Blanton has an ERA over 4 against every team in the EXCEPT the Dodgers
Maybe Bluto will be a better pitcher in Dodger Stadium, which might hold turn some of those long fly balls into outs.
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.
Did Kevin Towers forget to check the waiver wire? How did Blanton even make it to the Dodgers? And now Lee too?