Heyman: Red Sox Close In On Phillies’ Blanton

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Yankees may have to go back to the drawing board… again.

According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies and Red Sox are close to having a deal in place that would send Philadelphia starting pitcher Joe Blanton to Boston.

The Phillies have been considering trading Blanton to clear payroll space in the wake of Monday’s Cliff Lee signing, a person familiar with Philadelphia’s deliberations told the AP Monday.

With Blanton reportedly on the Yankees’ radar, New York would be sent scrambling toward other options.

The Yankees’ Plan B scenarios start with swaying Andy Pettitte away from retirement. Pettitte arguably holds more value for the Yankees now that Lee is out of the picture, and they may have to pay the veteran lefty more than planned to convince him to return.

Kansas City Royals starter Zack Greinke holds a no-trade clause to the Yankees, but may not be a good fit.

Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Derek Lowe have been linked to trade speculation, and could be possible targets for the Yankees.

Lee passed up an extra $50 million from the Yankees and reached a preliminary agreement on a $100 million, five-year contract with the Phillies on Monday night.

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  • A guy who isn't irrational

    dabooch, both Matsui and Damon blew this year, plus is Damon had still been a Yankee Gardner never would have been given a chance to be a full time player. Think before you speak or type.

  • dabooch

    John, after the World Series he let the MVP Matsui go, he didn’t sign Damon over a few million, he went on to belittle Jeter in the press.

  • John

    Dabooch- Cashman should be fired? Are you f’n insane? The Yankees won a World Series a year ago!!! It’s people like you who make the world hate the Yankees.

    • soxfan

      I’m also confused about how Cliff Lee was Cashman’s fault. Maybe he could have offered $30 million a year? THEN he’d deserve to get fired. As it was Lee just DID NOT want to wear pinstripes.

  • dabooch

    Cashman should be fired for nonperformance, he was suppose to get Lee and got hood winked. To make matters worse Boston is now fortifying their team with Philly castoffs, not to mention they lulled the dope, whose name starts with a dollar sign, to sleep on bypassing Crawford.

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