Joe Blanton Trade: Dodgers Acquire Starting Pitcher From Phillies

Blanton was 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA for the Phillies, with the best walk rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio in the National League.

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Joe Blanton Trade: Expected To Join Dodgers Saturday

The Los Angeles Dodgers added some much needed depth to their starting rotation on Friday with the acquisition of Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later. He is expected to arrive in Los Angeles Saturday, though it hasn't yet been decided when he will pitch.

Blanton started on July 28 and was scheduled to start for the Phillies on Friday night. Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers on Saturday, then manager Don Mattingly has the option to shuffle his rotation based on upcoming matchups. Blanton will take Stephen Fife's spot in the rotation, which was scheduled to come up Tuesday. But Aaron Harang and/or Chris Capuano could be pushed back a day to fit Blanton in on Sunday or Monday.

Either way, the Dodgers will likely option Fife on Saturday to add another reliever to the bullpen, at least until the day Blanton is slated to make his Dodgers debut.

"He brings a strike thrower for sure," said Mattingly. "He's been in Philadelphia, a tough city. He's pitched in the World Series."

General manager Ned Colletti said he had talks with the Phillies about Blanton on Monday, a day before the non-waiver trade deadline. But he couldn't work out a package deal with Shane Victorino, whom the Dodgers acquired on Tuesday.

"It got a little complicated, so we decided to to stay with the original plan to acquire Shane, then we'll see what transpires," Colletti said.

What transpired was the Dodgers upgrading their starting rotation.

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Dodgers' Ted Lilly Scratched From Rehab Start

It's a good thing the Los Angeles Dodgers traded for starting pitcher Joe Blanton on Friday, because it looks like Ted Lilly won't be returning anytime soon. Lilly was scratched from his scheduled rehab start on Friday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, with left shoulder pain.

"It wasn't getting to where I can draw my arm back without it catching," Lilly said.

Lilly, who last pitched for the Dodgers on May 23, threw two scoreless innings for Rancho Cucamonga in his first rehab start. He was scheduled to throw two more rehab starts, then possibly return to the Dodgers as soon as August 13. But that won't happen now.

"Some of the similar pains were coming back," said manager Don Mattingly. "I kind of knew the other day that Teddy wasn't feeling quite right."

Lilly said he hopes to throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days, though he admitted that he was frustrated at his latest setback, which casts some doubt over whether or not Lilly will pitch again this season.

"It can drive you a little crazy. Guys deal with it all the time. I'm not the only one," Lilly said.

Though relieving this season hasn't been considered yet as a viable option for Lilly, he said he would not be opposed to the idea if it meant helping the team.

"I would do whatever they asked me to do," Lilly said. "I would do whatever they felt gave us the best chance to win the division, then to go on and continue to win from there."

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Joe Blanton Trade: Dodgers Ownership Continues To Add Salary

The degree of need that the Los Angeles Dodgers had at starting pitcher wasn't too high. But there was a need, however small, and they were able to add Joe Blanton on Friday in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies. The major cost for the Dodgers will likely be money, something the new ownership group has had no problem in spending.

Blanton is due just under $2.9 million for the rest of the season. The Dodgers definitely needed help the next time through the rotation, rather than have rookie Stephen Fife continue to tiptoe through allowing baserunners. But Ted Lilly could return in as early as 10 days, which would give the Dodgers six starting pitchers. But that's known in baseball as a great problem to have.

"You can never have too much pitching," general manager Ned Colletti said on Tuesday.

Simply absorbing the cost of Blanton is something foreign to the final few years of the Frank McCourt ownership regime, when the Dodgers paid more in prospects to save money in several deals. But Blanton is the fifth new Dodger acquired in the last 10 days, which has added roughly $14 million to the Dodgers' 2012 payroll:

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Joe Blanton Acquired By Dodgers

The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Joe Blanton from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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