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Dodgers acquire pitcher Joe Blanton from the Phillies

The veteran right-hander is 81-71 with a 4.35 earned-run average in his career.

August 03, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton delivers a pitch against the Pirates during a game last month in Philadelphia.
Veteran right-hander Joe Blanton delivers a pitch against the Pirates… (Hunter Martin / Getty Images )

The Dodgers acquired a starting pitcher from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, but it wasn’t Cliff Lee.

They instead traded for Joe Blanton. The Dodgers will send the Phillies a player to be named later.

Blanton, 31, figures to move into the Dodgers rotation and replace rookie Stephen Fife.

Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 earned-run average this season. His 22 home runs allowed are tied for most in the National League with Mike Minor of the Atlanta Braves.

Blanton is 81-71 with a  4.35 ERA over nine major league seasons. He will be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

He is still owed about $3 million of his $8.5-million salary.

He comes at a fraction of the cost it would have taken to acquire Lee, who could be owed as much as $110 million through 2016.

Lee, a former Cy Young Award winner, was placed on waivers on Wednesday. reported that Lee was claimed, but didn’t identify the team.


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