Via the San Francisco Chronicle:
A Yankees scout was at Sunday’s game tracking Joe Blanton, a subject of trade rumors. “Until any trade happens, I can’t worry about it,” Blanton said.
Man, I dunno. When you look at the last two seasons, it seems like 2005 was a fluke for Blanton. Granted, he’ll get you 30+ starts and 200 innings – and, that’s awesome. But, at what price – in terms of what you have to give up to get him? Making a one-year offer to Kyle Lohse seems to make more sense than giving up prospects for Joe Blanton.
“The overall team winning percentage for pitchers making less than 20 starts is .439; for pitchers making less than ten starts it’s .411 (data covers 2005-1007). The great value in a Livan Hernandez is that he minimizes the games you have to give to those spot starters who are generally going to get you a loss.”
Kyle Lohse and Joe Blanton fit the Livan Hernandex profile too. But, again, if you have to give up prospects to get Blanton, then just sign Lohse.