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09:55 AM ET 03.13 | The Phillies have fifth starter Joe Blanton to dangle in trade, but whether he can bring a starting outfielder and a second baseman is highly questionable. The Phillies usually are very coy about their plans, but while they downplay, downplay, they will likely come up with something. The Phillies pay a lot of attention to the Red Sox, and if they feel Wilson Valdez isn't a good enough in-house replacement for Chase Utley, they know Jed Lowrie can be a very good second baseman and hits from both sides of the plate. They know Marco Scutaro is in the final year of his contract.

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March 13, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Why would Boston trade for average starting pitching when they already have average starters available for trade?

March 13, 2011  10:34 AM ET
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I don't think that's Jed Lowrie in that photo. Looks like Scutaro to me.I don't want the Sox to get rid of Lowrie, that kid can hit. Scutaro should be made available if the Phillies are willing to part with Blanton.

I'm down with Scutaro for Blanton... Give the Red Sox another option if injuries hit again or if Matsuzaka, Beckett or Lackey can't get right. Also losing Scutaro isn't that big a loss, I think Lowrie is gonna supplant him at some point this season anyways.

March 13, 2011  10:39 AM ET

Not sure why Lowrie was mentioned. Sawx love that kid. Blanton for Scutaro wouldn't be a bad deal but I'd rather hold on to Blanton and use Josh Barfield or Delwyn Young.

March 13, 2011  10:41 AM ET

Don't you hate it when someone dangles their Blanton?

March 13, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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I don't think that's Jed Lowrie in that photo. Looks like Scutaro to me.I don't want the Sox to get rid of Lowrie, that kid can hit. Scutaro should be made available if the Phillies are willing to part with Blanton.

It would seem the Phillies know they have great starting pitching but their offense needs more. Especially from the right side. They are dealing from weakness . you can not get much for a very very average Blanton.

March 13, 2011  10:49 AM ET

Blanton is a regular season inning eater with modest stats on a very good team. He would not even see the field in the post season. So what is he worth to a team like the Red Sox? Or anybody.

March 13, 2011  10:52 AM ET
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Blanton is a regular season inning eater with modest stats on a very good team. He would not even see the field in the post season. So what is he worth to a team like the Red Sox? Or anybody.

agreed, Boston would want their top catching prospect for Lowrie. They don't need or want Blanton........I would hope?

March 13, 2011  10:55 AM ET
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Don't you hate it when someone dangles their Blanton?

Cover that monkey up, will ya!

March 13, 2011  10:56 AM ET

Scutaro and Dice-K for Lee. Works for me!

<crickets...>

March 13, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Folks are doing a lot of talking about Scutaro and Lowrie. Let's not forget that the Sox have a young Iglesias who keeps looking better and better. And "the regulars" are spending a lot of time teaching him more than just English and where the best places are to get a meal after practice.

As for starting pitching... Lackey apparently came from winter off-season ready to play. Beckett hasn't stunk too badly (yet). And Dice-K is being bad Dice-K. He's the AJ of the Sox staff right now. Apparently he forgot the memo about listening to your (American) trainers and working your booty off over the winter. He should be the trinket surprise in the box of Cracker Jacks the Sox send with any trade.

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March 13, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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agreed, Boston would want their top catching prospect for Lowrie. They don't need or want Blanton........I would hope?

Exactly. The Phillies will have to add some top prospect or two to get very much for Blanton. Add in they just gave him a $24 million 3 year contract. Is that what mediocre inning eaters are worth.
I don't think so.

March 13, 2011  11:18 AM ET

Blanton ERA almost 5.00 last year and hitters batted over .290 against him. And that was in the NL with no DH. What would he do in the AL?
You can bet the Phillies would like to move him and the $17 million due on his contract. But he is not going to bring much in return.

March 13, 2011  11:29 AM ET
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Blanton ERA almost 5.00 last year and hitters batted over .290 against him. And that was in the NL with no DH. What would he do in the AL? You can bet the Phillies would like to move him and the $17 million due on his contract. But he is not going to bring much in return.

Agreed. He would have to pitch in a even better hitters park and face a DH.

March 13, 2011  12:12 PM ET

Scutaro for Blanton, very exciting! I'll trade you my who cares player straight up for your who cares player. And the day Boston trades Lowrie, who may have a future, for maybe he can go ten and ten Blanton would be the day Theo would need to go.

March 13, 2011  12:20 PM ET

Lowrie is young, cheap, improving and can play all the infield positions. He can hit for avg. as well. Why get rid of a guy like that unless you get back something of equal value....Blanton is not even close

March 13, 2011  12:33 PM ET
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Oh my lord. I thought for a second there you meant he was making 17 million per season. I was ready to go postal.

Sorry. No he gets about $8 million a year. He is 30 now and wearing down talent wise. His best days are long behind him.
I would rather have whoever the Phillies are going to replace him with. Tells you something, doesn't it.

March 13, 2011  12:34 PM ET

The Yankees did not want him. Tells you everything with that rotation.

 
March 13, 2011  01:44 PM ET

the phillies should trade for scutaro, and the other two outfielders that the red sox have available to trade any time, about jed lowrie, the angels should try to get him through trade, i know the red sox aren't trading him but if the red sox get the right players in return anything can happen, i like lowrie because the angels could use him as a leadoff hitter this is a player who can steal bases, bunt singles bat from both sides of the plate it would be the right player for angels!

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