To New York Mets for OF Fernando Martinez
Some people might suggest that Rube would not want to trade Joe within the division. Those people are stupid. Immediately stop reading anything written by these people. Rube will trade Blanton to anybody – okay, maybe not Atlanta – to get him off this team and clear that money, especially to that shit-train in New York.
The Mets need pitching. Not only front line pitching, but guys like Blanton too. After Johan, nothing in the rotation is dependable. Pelfrey had his moments and Dickey had a good run. But this year, who knows? New York also loves to spend money and considering the salaries of some of their players, Blanton will look like a pauper. Bad news is, there’s a new GM that probably isn’t as dumb as Omar Minaya.
As for the prospect, Martinez was New York’s number one rated prospect in 2008 and 2009. This year, Baseball America has him number 8 behind three other young outfielders. The bloom is off the rose and with new management in place, they may want to deal Martinez for two reasons: 1) get maximum value and 2) as a symbolic gesture of getting rid of the old regime. He’s only 23 so there is still potential, unless he lied about his age and he’s actually 4 years younger than Miguel Tejada…
To Washington for nothing as long as they take the contract.
Again, a trade within the division. But if team will take the salary…see above.
Washington obviously doesn’t mind overspending for players so Blanton’s salary shouldn’t be a sticking point. And their pitching staff, at least the guys that will pitch this year, doesn’t look great. They need to win some games next year to generate interest within the fan base and to make the team look attractive to free agents in 2012 when the team should improve significantly when Strasburg returns.
To Kansas City plus cash for Wilson Betemit
Zach Greinke? Gone. Brett Saberhagen? Ain’t coming back. Kyle Davies? His 5+ ERA is still there. Long story short, they need pitching. Badly. Joe Blanton is better than what they have. I say that is a match made in heaven.
Betemit is useful (1B, 3B, OF, 2B/SS if needed) and cheap ($1 million this season).
To Chicago Cubs for Jeff Baker
Do you remember a year in the last 10 that the Cubs haven't needed pitching help? I don't either. Blanton could help them and they have cash to afford his salary.
Baker plays a ton of positions and has a career OPS of .908 against lefties. Unfortunately for Baker, that OPS dips to .678 against righties, which is why he'll never get significant playing time with anybody. Fortunately for the Phillies, they have plenty of lefties.
To Pittsburgh plus cash for Steve Pearce
The Pirates, like the Royals, need any sort of pitching.
As for Pearce, he doesn’t fit in well with Pirates. He’s already 28, they don’t give him many at-bats, he won’t ever be a starter there and they already have Lyle Overbay and Garret Jones at first base and many, many backup outfielders. For the Phillies though, he could be very useful. I don’t have his minor league splits but his major league splits lean heavily toward him hitting lefties…only. .929 OPS in 115 at-bats. Perfect! Give him the bench spot over Mayberry and play him once a week in right field against a lefty starter so Francisco can play left for Ibanez.
To Houston for Hunter Pence
At first glance this trade looks silly but consider this: the Astros GM is Ed Wade. See, it all makes sense now...