PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right-hander Joe Blanton was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Dodgers on Friday after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers.
Blanton will join outfielder Shane Victorino, who was sent from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The last-place Phillies also dealt outfielder Hunter Pence to San Francisco earlier this week.
The 31-year-old Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance. He is making $8.5 million and, like Victorino, can become a free agent after the season.
Philadelphia will receive a player to be named or cash as part of Friday's trade. To fill the roster spot, the Phillies recalled right-hander B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Blanton came to Philadelphia after a trade with Oakland in 2008 and helped the Phillies win the World Series. He earned a win in Game 4 against Tampa Bay and hit a three-run homer off Edwin Jackson.
Blanton was 34-25 with a 4.47 ERA in 100 starts and five relief appearances with the Phillies. Since 2008, Blanton has the fourth-best winning record among all major league starters after the All-Star break at 17-6. He's 38-20 with a 3.83 ERA in 99 games (91 starts) after the break in his career.
Kyle Kendrick was to start against Arizona in Blanton's place Friday night.
The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies have been stuck in last place since June and are in a cost-cutting mode. They've trimmed enough off their payroll to avoid having to pay the luxury tax this year.
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