Found July 30, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Late last night, news of a potential trade between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence popped up. That trade is still up in the air, but the Phillies fire sale may be ramped up to a new level today, with starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee apparently in play. Blanton's main suitor is apparently the Baltimore Orioles, with the Cardinals and Blue Jays showing interest, but not on the level of Baltimore. Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com is reporting that the Phillies are looking for "a major league ready utility infielder or a prospect who could be a viable middle reliever" for Blanton, which is far, far lower than the bounty that the Angels dealt for Zack Greinke, and a much more reasonable price for a team like the Orioles, who really aren't contenders but could get the fanbase happy with a deal at the deadline, much like the Pirates did last year by picking up Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick. A utility infielder or a middle reliever would als...
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