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Red Sox, O’s had scouts at Joe Blanton’s start Thursday

Mar 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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From beat writer Jim Salisbury of comes word that the Red Sox and Orioles had scouts in the stands for Joe Blanton‘s Grapefruit League outing Thursday against the Braves.

Blanton threw the ball well, allowing only four hits and no walks in five innings of work while striking out four Atlanta hitters. He has a 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 10 total Grapefruit League frames.

The Blue Jays are also known to have interest in acquiring Blanton, who missed most of the 2011 season due to an elbow injury but entered camp this spring with a clean bill of health. He’s owed $8.5 million in 2012, but the Phillies are said to be open to eating about $2 million of that. Blanton will be a free agent in the winter.

  1. The Baseball Gods - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Ruben Amaro Jr. was on Sports Radio 94WIP in Philadelphia today and mentioned that he has already been in contact with Roy Oswalts’ agent. So moving Blanton is definitely a strong possiblity. Kendrick could hold down the 5th spot in the rotation until midseason and then they could just add Oswalt to the rotation. Sounds like a great plan to me.

  2. poprox13 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Just say no Redsox!

  3. xmatt0926x - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I’d be surprised to see Oswalt jump on with the Phillies so soon. When he was first getting lowball offers from the Cards and a couple other teams I commented on here that he would be crazy to sign with anyone right now for $5 million when he could easily get that much after the allstar break and teams have gone through injuries, etc. He will have his pick of teams to join and he will get at least that 5 or 6 million that he was being offered a while back. He will also know which teams look like real contenders so he doesn’t have to waste his last few bullets on a me it always seemed that being on the phillies was “acceptable” to him at best but he would prefer to be somewhere else if he had the choice. One of the Philly writers has recently stated that he was always aloof with his teammates and didn’t seem to be totally assimilated into the team. We shall see.

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      aloof? I saw him tell a tall tale to his fellow starters in more than one game in 2011

  4. bleed4philly - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    You can have him for a prospect who can hit a curve ball

  5. ravensoriolesterps - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    The O’s don’t need him. Enough marginal arms on the roster already.

  6. dwdive - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Phils would trade this guy for a bag of day old donuts at this point. Just getting rid of that salary is what they need. I can see another big bat being brought in here at the trade deadline. Phils are stacked with pitching, especially starters. They have 3 guys in the minors that are ready to step up right now and start. They just need to pick the right one like they did last year with Worley

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    “The Sox will probably be linked to every starter on the trade block from now until the trade deadline.”

    Nailed it 2 days ago.

  8. Jack Marshall - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Why would the Red Sox prefer a broken down C-level starter like Blanton over giving a chance to a kid like Doubront? Makes no sense financially or talent-wise, especially with Dice-K returning by July or earlier.

  9. CJ - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    would you like a cookie?

  10. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    The only thing I think of when I hear “Red Sox” and “Joe Blanton” is the fastball he put down the chute for Daniel Nava to smoke into the bullpen at Fenway for a grand slam on Nava’s first ML at bat.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      Sorry, *first pitch he had seen at the ML level.

      Great times.

  11. storebrandcookies - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    They also forgot to report that his average pee time since being traded to the Yankees is 5.24 seconds. In Seattle it was 6.02 seconds.

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