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Paul Daugherty
Paul Daugherty has been an Enquirer sports columnist since 1994 and has been chronicling Cincinnati sports since 1988. He has covered almost every major sporting event in America, as well as five Summer Olympics. Along the way, he has been named one of the country's top-5 sports columnists four times, and Ohio columnist of the year on seven different occasions. Last year, he was voted 2nd-best sports columnist in the country, by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

On good authority

The Reds and Dodgers are talking with Oakland about Joe Blanton. Blanton has won 42 games in the past 3 years, was 14-10 last year and is already signed this year, to a relatively cheap $3.8 million deal.


at 10:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Means nothing without the source.

at 10:38 AM Blogger Laura said...

Ken Rosenthal's reported it too.

Can you imagine the Reds' rotation with Harang, Blanton and Arroyo at the front, and some of the young guys at the back? Holy cow, that could be insanely good!

at 12:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MLBtraderumors.com is reporting that Rosenthal is saying the same thing.

at 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

talk is cheap let's see some action

at 2:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna bet Rosenhaus is saying that to drive up Blanton's pricetag?

Let the bidding war start.

I'll buy everyone at Great American BP a hotdog on opening day if he signs with us.

at 3:08 PM Blogger ewad said...

Just curious what would motivate Oakland to trade a cheap effective pitcher?
Is he in the last year of a contract?

at 7:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be honest with you, Paul. I miss the old Reds/Dodgers rivalry. It was always so good for both teams.

Jim Maloney vs Sandy Koufax....precious memories.

I remember that Jim had hearly a 100 mph fastball...and some say he did.

Is the young Maloney related to him in any way?

at 9:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your article with Fay:

Blanton, 27, was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA last year. He's 42-34 with a 4.10 ERA in his career. He has averaged 208 innings over the last three seasons. Blanton attended the University of Kentucky. Blanton had a 2.69 ERA at Oakland's McAfee Coliseum last season, 5.11 on the road.

He's definitely good, but not great. Everyone says Bailey has the potential to be great. On the other hand, Blanton's a proven commodity.

I think the thing I like the best is the local connection through Kentucky. Blanton could be glad to come here. He was born in Nashville, and graduated from HS just across the border toward Bowling Green, KY, so this would probably be closer to home for him.

I'd say that we should make the Bailey trade.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he grew up a Reds fan given he would have been in Little League during the Big Red Machine era. He might prefer the Reds to the Mets because of location.

While birthplace isn't that big an issue, Bailey's a Texan.

On the other hand, it's hard to give up a top rated pitching prospect in MLB.

at 10:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia:


Blanton throws a low-90's fastball, along with a 12-6 curveball, a 10-4 slider, and a changeup. His curveball is by far his best secondary pitch, drawing comparisons to former teammate Barry Zito's famously baffling 12-6 curve. His slider and changeup are only league-average, but Blanton appears to have solidified his position as a quality middle-of-the-rotation type pitcher.

Some have argued that Zito's 12-6 was at one time the best in baseball. I guess we know where Blanton was getting pointers, don't we?

What's Harang's best pitch after his fastball....slider?

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