Dodgers get Joe Blanton from the Phillies
Well, the Dodgers couldn’t get Ryan Dempster, but they got a starting pitcher: Joe Blanton.
Blanton has been acquired from the Phillies for a player to be named later. Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA this year. He has struggled to perform in Philly this year and he is making $8.5 million this season.
Dodgers outfielder Shane Victorino, who was also teammates with Blanton in Philadelphia, told ESPNLA.com that getting Blanton is going to be huge for the Dodgers’ pennant race.
“Getting Joe is very big and very crucial,” Victorino said. “It shows what this team wants to do to me. Bringing in all these guys, it shows that this team wants to win, and it’s about now. They don’t want to wait around.”
Blanton can come out of the bullpen or be in the rotation as he has experience doing both for the Phillies. Blanton told the Associated Press that he was surprised that he was still traded even after the deadline.
“It was a little bit of a shock, especially since the trade deadline had passed,” Blanton said. “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.”
The Dodgers are feeling very good after the trade deadline with who they got and more could be on the way.