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The Blanton Trade: One Year Later

It was a year ago today that GM Pat Gillick pulled off the deal to bring Joe Blanton to the Phillies. That deal turned out to be huge for the Phillies in their pursuit to not just make the post-season, but to have success.

Little did we know that one year ago today, the Phillies won the World Series. Kyle Kendrick and Adam Eaton were struggling badly and the Phillies stood just 1/2 game up in the National League East, so there was a desperate need for another arm in the rotation. Pat Gillick - remember him? - looked around for a deal and found Joe Blanton and his 4.96 ERA pitching in Oakland. The A's were interested...

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