And you thought it was over. The Phillies have traded starting pitcher Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers after a waiver claim for cash or a player to be named later. Kyle Kendrick will take Blanton's start tonight, and may assume his spot in the rotation.
Blanton claimed off waivers, traded to Dodgers for PTBNL or cash.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 3, 2012
Joe Blanton, 31, is in the midst of a very strange season that has seem him strike out a ton of batters, walk very few, and surrender a billion home runs. Dodger Stadium may help with the latter.
Blanton was acquired from the Oakland A's in July 2008 by General Manager Pat Gillick for prospects Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman, and Matt Spencer. His most memorable moment with the Phillies came that fall, when Blanton hit a home run of Rays relief pitcher Edwin Jackson in Game Four of the World Series, en route to a 10-2 Phillies victory. Plagued by injuries during the 2011 season, Blanton never reached the levels of renown that his award-winning rotation mates did, but he mostly did an adequate supporting job on some otherwise excellent Phillies team.
Best of luck, Joe.