The Philadelphia Phillies have completed their second trade of the week with the Los Angeles Dodgers, dealing righty Joe Blanton after he was claimed off of waivers for player to be named later:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2012
Blanton, who came over from Oakland in 2008, finished up his fourth season with the Phillies, going 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA. He also gave up 22 home runs, tied for worst in the National League.
To fill Blanton’s spot, Philadelphia called up right-hander B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley then announced that righty Kyle Kendrick will start Friday night’s game against the D-backs. Rosenberg has appeared in three games already this season, giving up six runs in only two and one-thirds innings of work.
Blanton earlier commented on the situation, saying, “It was a little bit of a shock, especially since the trade deadline had passed. But when you’re in trade rumors, you’ve got to be ready to do whatever. And I was happy if I stayed. At the same time, it will be a new thing, a new adventure to go. And that’s always fun.” He will also be joining former teammate Shane Victorino in LA.
In Blanton’s career with the Phillies, he went 34-25 with a 4.47 ERA in 100 starts. Phillies fans are hoping that the “unnamed player” is one of LA’s high-end prospects, possibly outfielders Joc Pederson or Alfredo Silverio.