Sometimes your best move at the trade deadline is making no move at all. I’m not saying that’s true for the Orioles because it sure seems like Kenny Williams didn’t give up much for Francisco Liriano and Ned Colletti brought in Hanley Ramirez for virtually nothing.
However, at this point though the market is pretty bare. The Orioles missed out on some valuable pieces and while Chase Headley could be better than Mark Reynolds at third, Josh Byrnes isn’t going to part with him as easily as him as many had previously thought.
This morning the Orioles big rumor is that the Orioles are Joe Blanton’s “most interested suitor.” The Philliles starting pitcher is “there is they want him,” according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli.
Hopefully they don’t.
Ghiroli says the Phillies want an MLB-ready utility player or middle relief prospect in return. So the price to bring in Blanton and his 4.59 ERA isn’t steep. But he’s not the guy to get excited about, he gives up far too many home runs and won’t be the innings eater the Birds needs.
The Sun’s Dan Connolly reports that Blanton “profiles as a rich man’s Tommy Hunter” and the only AL East team he has a winning record and sub-5.00 ERA against is the Toronto Blue Jays.