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Dodgers acquire Phils righty Blanton
But it wasn’t Cliff Lee.
The Dodgers announced Friday afternoon that they obtained right-hander Joe Blanton from Philadelphia for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The Phillies put Blanton on trade waivers shortly after Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti put in a claim. Colletti and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. then agreed on compensation, and Blanton’s contract was assigned to the Dodgers.
This is the second deal of the week for the two teams. The Dodgers traded for outfielder Shane Victorino Tuesday, in exchange for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash.
The Dodgers have needed a starting pitcher for weeks and were viewed as the front-runner to acquire Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs. But when Dempster was dealt to Texas, the Dodgers were left without a starting pitcher in their four-man deadline haul (Victorino, Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate and Brandon League). Colletti didn’t wait long to change that.
Blanton went 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA this season in 21 games for the Phillies.