Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 7/31/12
According to reports, the Baltimore Orioles and Phillies have been at a stalemate all night regarding Joe Blanton and it seems to be over Blanton's salary. With the Phillies set to deal the 31-year-old righty starter, the Phillies want to shed the remaining $3MM they owe out of the $8.5MM Blanton's set to make this season. The Orioles don't like that. And, according to an industry source, the Orioles appear hesitant to absorb that figure for a pitcher who is considered a mid-to-late-rotation innings eater. The Phillies, who surprisingly are last in the National League East despite a $170 million-plus payroll, are looking for salary relief, especially after inking lefty Cole Hamels to a $144 million contract extension Wednesday. Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for the Phillies this year. Blanton has pitched well recently, tossing five quality starts in his last six while posting a 3.82 ERA in July after two ugly months in June and May. The Orioles seem...
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