The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired starting pitcher Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.

Blanton, who was thought to be on his way to the Orioles on trade deadline day, will likely become the Dodgers fifth man in their roation behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.

On the season, the right-hander has a 4.59 ERA, 3.98 FIP and 3.39 xFIP in 20 starts. Blanton has been known for posting better numbers later into the season, owning a 31-12 record combined in August and September. Blanton’s 22 home runs allowed are the most by any pitcher in the National League.

Pitching at Dodger Stadium should help him keep the ball in the park more often than he did at Citizens Bank Park.

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  1. This makes the reported Dodgers claim of Cliff Lee slightly hilarious.

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