(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting some help in their starting rotation.
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Joe Blanton in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday for a player to be named later.
Blanton, who can become a free agent at season’s end, was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. He will fill a spot in the rotation while left-hander Ted Lilly continues to rehab from an injury.
“It was a little bit of a shock, especially since the trade deadline had passed,” Blanton said. “But when you’re in trade rumors, you’ve got to be ready to do whatever.
Blanton was 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA in his fifth season with the Phillies, while winning a World Series in 2008 with the club.
The Dodgers also put in a waiver claim in on Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, but Philadelphia pulled back the offer.
Blanton joins former Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino on the team, who was shipped from Philadelphia before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News