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LOS ANGELES -- Just when it looked like the Dodgers' Ned Colletti and the Phillies' Ruben Amaro were on the fast track to becoming BBF's (Baseball Best Friends), Amaro must have had second thoughts.
Tuesday night the Dodgers received Shane Victorino from the Phils for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin and early Friday afternoon Colletti and Amaro agreed on their second deal in less than a week, with Los Angeles getting right hander Joe Blanton from Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later. Colletti was looking for his new buddy Ruben to help him out again by sending lefty starter Cliff Lee to the Dodgers. But that's when Amaro said "enough!"even though it was the Phillies who put one of their aces up for grabs.
Lee2-6 on the seasonwas placed on waivers by the Phillies and the Dodgers reportedly claimed the left hander, leaving only compensation to the Phils to be worked out. Then, Amaro spoiled his burgeoning relationship with Colletti and pulled Lee off the waiver wire, leaving the Dodgers to wait until at least the off-season for a chance to bring Lee to the left coast.
That's no way to treat a good pal, Rubenespecially one which was prepared to take 100 million dollars' worth of pitcher off your hands as you try and rebuild for 2013. But in Blanton, the Dodgers did get a pretty good pitcher who eats up innings and will help save their bullpen.
Collettidisappointed but obviously the forgiving typerefused to lash out at Amaro when he explained the genesis of the deal.
"We wanted to get a pitcher who was a veteran starter and had pitched in big games in October," he said. "He's been really, really outstanding the past six, seven weeks. His command is usually pretty good. He doesn't walk a lot of hitters. He has a good fastball, good change and he throws a lot of strikes.
"It was a little complicatedall trades are complicated. We mentioned Joe's name in the Shane deal; it just didn't work at that time. We decided to stay with the original plan to acquire Shane and see what would happen after the first of August." They ended up with the workhorse, but not the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner.
Blanton is 8-9 in 2012 with a 4.59 ERA and WHIP of 1.12, and has a championship pedigree, going 2-0 with a 1.21 WHIP in 10 post-season games; six of them were starts. Both wins came in the 2008 post-season, which saw the Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. Dodger manager Don Mattingly has a lot of appreciation for pitchers like Blanton, who don't have a blazing fastball, yet know how to pitch.
"He isn't a guy who knocks your eyes out with the radar gun, Mattingly said prior to Friday night's game with the Chicago Cubs. "He's more of an appreciation guy, like, Hey, this guy's in the strike zone, he doesn't walk people, he doesn't hurt himself, he just kind of makes you beat him.' And that evolution comes with experience, where you trust your stuff, know how to attack guys you're facing and know who you are as a pitcher.
"He's a strike-thrower for sure, a guy with experience pitching down the stretch. He's pitched in a tough city like Philadelphia and (helped) pitch them to a World Series, so he gives us a quality guy."
Mattingly said Blanton will arrive in Los Angeles Saturday, and matchups will dictate when Blanton makes his first Dodger appearance. He's also a timely acquisition for the Dodgers, who reported that left hander Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab appearance when he had a set back with his inflamed left shoulder. With Lilly's timetable for a major league return put on hold, Blanton becomes a very important Dodger before he even puts on a uniform.
"You want to keep getting better, and this is a move that makes us a little bit better because it gives our staff a little more depth," Mattingly said. "He's going to be a good addition for us."
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Cliff gets put on waivers. (AP)
In what is a routine practice throughout baseball following the trade deadline, players are placed on waivers and can be claimed by another team. Here is how it works, from Twinkietown Blog:
Nearly all players are put on waivers in August.
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A day after the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly claimed Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee on waivers, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Lee will not be traded, ESPN.com reported Saturday. Amaro would not comment on whether Lee was claimed after being placed on waivers earlier this week but he said it was irrelevant because the team does not plan on trading...
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Three days after the Philadelphia Phillies waved the white flag on the 2012 season, they climbed to the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park and sounded the trumpets to make that declaration all but official. Before their series-opening game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which resulted in a 4-2 loss, the Phillies sent right-hander Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had...
In an unexpected move today, the Phillies traded Joe Blanton to the Dodgers after he cleared waivers. The Phils will get either cash or a “player to be named later,” which is usually a low-level minor leaguer. Blanton will join Shane Victorino along with many other players to join the Dodgers just this week. At least he will have company.
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While his long-term future in Philadelphia might seem uncertain, Cliff Lee is likely to remain in a Phillies uniform for the remainder of this season.
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The Philadelphia Phillies know that they are not going to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2006. They already traded Shan Victorino and Hunter Pence at the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline, and just sent Joe Blanton out via the waiver wire deal process. It just isn’t meant to be for the Phillies in 2012.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right handed pitcher Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Jim Bowden of ESPNxm adds that the Phillies get salary relief and a player to be named later.
Blanton, 31, is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA, 1.5 HR/9, 1.2 BB/9 and 7.8 SO/9 in 133.3 innings for the Phillies in 2012.
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