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  1. Twins have offers out to Francisco Liriano, Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:45 PM EST

    Francisco Liriano

    Seemingly uninterested in committing to a full rebuild after losing 95+ games each of the last two years, the Twins are more buyers than sellers at the moment. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that they’ve made offers to Francisco Liriano and Joe Saunders while waiting for the pitching market to further unfold. Liriano, of course, pitched…

  2. Report: Angels sign Joe Blanton for two years, $15 million

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

    Joe Blanton

    The Angels are staying busy Wednesday, picking up Joe Blanton on a two-year, $15 million contract to add to their rotation. The deal includes an option for 2015, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Blanton went 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA for the Phillies and Dodgers last season, though he did post a fine 166/34…

  3. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  4. Clayton Kershaw scratched, might need hip surgery

    Sep 15, 2012, 7:27 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw was terrific while pitching with his sore hip Tuesday, but he wasn’t feeling well enough to give it another go Sunday against the Cardinals. The Dodgers scratched him today and announced that he’d see a specialist on Tuesday. Stephen Fife will pitch in his place in the finale of a four-game series. The…

  5. I’m blaming this one on Mike Matheny

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EST

    Mike Matheny

    The Cardinals were up 4-3 on the Dodgers with right-handed starter Joe Kelly weakening in the bottom the fifth inning tonight. With a man on first and the left-handed-hitting Andre Ethier on deck, I think it had already been decided that he was facing his last batter when Shane Victorino flied out to left to…

  6. Clayton Kershaw scratched with hip injury

    Sep 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    Clayton Kershaw won’t start the series finale against the Giants on Sunday night. He’s been scratched because of hip discomfort, and Joe Blanton will pitch in his place tonight. It’s certainly good news for the Giants as they throw Barry Zito to go for the series win after splitting the first two games in San…

  7. The Dodgers are talking to GM Ned Colletti about a contract extension

    Sep 6, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    Ned Colletti AP

    After playing a central part in the Dodgers’ spending spree over the past couple of months, general manager Ned Colletti is about to be rewarded by the team’s new ownership group. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have opened talks with Colletti on a long-term contract extension. Team chairman Mark…

  8. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  9. Sore elbow puts Chad Billingsley on 60-day disabled list

    Sep 5, 2012, 6:52 PM EST

    Chad Billingsley

    As of a couple of days ago, the Dodgers were holding out hope that Chad Billingsley might be able to contribute as a reliever later this month. That dream is now dead, as he was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday. Left-hander Steven Rodriguez, a 2012 second-round pick who was…

  10. Josh Beckett gives up mammoth homer, takes loss in Dodgers debut

    Aug 28, 2012, 12:25 AM EST

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett was rudely welcomed back to the National League on Monday, getting lit up by very first batter he faced, Tyler Colvin, on his way to taking a loss to the Rockies. Colvin launched an 0-1 fastball off the facing of the upper deck (here’s the video) to get the Rockies off on the right…

  11. Breaking down the Red Sox-Dodgers megadeal

    Aug 24, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    If FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi is correct, the Red Sox and Dodgers have agreed to the following nine-player deal: To L.A.: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto To Boston: Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus, James Loney It’s not official yet, as the Red Sox still need Crawford and…

  12. Phillies fans did a good job giving Joe Blanton a thick skin

    Aug 22, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Calcaterra is taking a long lunch today, so I’m going to pick up the Phillies fans trolling slack with this little tidbit from the Los Angeles Times about Joe Blanton‘s rough start last night: Blanton departed from the field to the collective boos of the 56,000 fans who were drawn to Dodger Stadium by a…

  13. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EST

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  14. Phillies get pitching prospect from Dodgers to complete Joe Blanton deal

    Aug 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

    Joe Blanton was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers two weeks ago for a player to be named later and … well, today is apparently later. Philadelphia gets right-hander Ryan O’Sullivan, who was Los Angeles’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State and has spent this season throwing 89 innings with…

  15. Ted Lilly in danger of missing remainder of season

    Aug 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    lilly ap

    Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab start Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga due to renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder. And now he’s without a recovery timetable. J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News has the update: With two months left in the season, the likelihood of Lilly being ready to throw…

  16. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. says Cliff Lee “isn’t going anywhere”

    Aug 4, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Cliff Lee Getty

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reported yesterday that the Dodgers were awarded claiming rights on Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. But that doesn’t mean the southpaw will follow his former teammate Joe Blanton to Los Angeles. According to Paul Hagen of MLB.com, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. wouldn’t confirm or deny Morosi’s report when…

  17. Ted Lilly scratched from rehab start after setback with shoulder

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

    Ted Lilly Getty

    The Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies late this afternoon in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. While it’s certainly not the flashiest of moves, the acquisition makes even more sense now that Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. is reporting that Ted Lilly was scratched from a rehab…

  18. Phillies trade Joe Blanton to Dodgers for player to be named

    Aug 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

    Joe Blanton Getty

    Philadelphia’s sell-off continues, as the Phillies have traded Joe Blanton to the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash after the right-hander was claimed off revocable waivers by Los Angeles. Leading up to Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline Blanton was said to be on the verge of being traded to the Orioles, but…

  19. The Joe Blanton-to-the-Orioles talks have hit a snag

    Jul 31, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    Joe Blanton Getty

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the talks between the Phillies and the Orioles over Joe Blanton have hit a snag.  Before looking at the story, I assumed it involved the O’s inspection of Blanton’s medical records and their presumed discovery that his blood type is, in fact, rich, creamy Yoo-Hoo.  I was wrong,…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EST

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  21. Phillies send Joe Blanton’s medical records to Orioles

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Joe Blanton Getty

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Phillies have faxed Blanton’s medical records to the Orioles. No word if an agreement is actually in place, though. 12:02 PM ET: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Orioles have talked to the Phillies about Joe Blanton. No sense whether anything is imminent, but the interest…

  22. Cliff Lee trade talk heating up; Rangers in play

    Jul 30, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Lee points towards a pop out by New York Mets Nickeas during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York

    The competitive portion of the Phillies season seems to be over, so there has been a lot of chatter about them selling now. That Hunter Pence thing that was shot down is some of it. Joe Blanton is some other stuff. And now the Cliff Lee trade watch is getting into swing: Spoke to exec…

  23. Johan Santana has a 6.54 ERA since his no-hitter

    Jul 20, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

    Johan Santana Getty

    Johan Santana‘s struggles continued tonight against the Dodgers, as he was chased after being knocked around for six runs over just three innings. It matched the second-shortest start of his career. Santana gave up seven hits in all, including a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the first inning and a two-run homer to Luis Cruz…

  24. Royals want a player, not a prospect, for Jonathan Broxton

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Jonathan Broxton

    That according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi: Broxton, who was signed to set up Joakim Soria this season, has a 1.99 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities as Kansas City’s closer. Still, the Royals would likely be OK without him, as they’d still have some combination of Greg Holland, Aaron Crow and Tim Collins to…

  25. There’s no good reason for the Phillies to sell right now

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

    Cole Hamels

    It’s easy to see why the Phillies are discouraged. Despite possessing the highest payroll, they currently have the 12th-best record of the 16 National League teams. They’re on pace for 72 wins, which would be their lowest total since 2000 and a whopping 30-game drop from last year. Still, a shakeup just doesn’t make much…

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