O’s in on Blanton, Pence to Giants “Could Happen”

Hunter Pence - A Giant? Not yet, but there is "juice" to the trade speculation reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is reporting that while the Orioles are currently declining to give up top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop, there is “smoke” around a Joe Blanton-to-Baltimore deal. The Phillies reportedly faxed Blanton’s medical history to Baltimore earlier toady. Schoop could be quite a catch for the Phils, as the 20 year old is currently hitting .244/.301/.391 in Double-A. Schoop’s primary position is shortstop but is believed to be effectively blocked at the in the Orioles system by mega-prospect Manny Machado and has been playing second base. Machado was a first round pick, third overall, for the O’s in 2010.

For what it’s worth, Schoop and Machado have similar stats in Double-A (.250/.337/.403) but Machado has the better pedigree. Machado was ranked 14th overall in the FanGraphs Top 100 prospect list while Schoop missed the cut. Schoop would be a coup for Blanton but that ship may have sailed according to Heyman as a major point of contention seems to be Baltimore absorbing the over $3 million left on Blanton’s contract. Jayson Stark is reporting the teams are in the “haggling” stage of the deal, with the Phillies getting a better prospect if they include more money.

Heyman reported shortly after the Blanton update that the Pence-to-Giants deal again has life. Heyman stated the Giants are determined to add a hitter. Earlier today, we explored what a possible package for Pence would look like and what it would mean for the Phillies.

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  1. psujoe

    July 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Pay the some salary or kick in another lower level prospect. Schoop is a borderline top 100 player at a position the system lacks. Get it done. We can always resign Blanton next year to a 2 year deal, hehe. And yes I would for the right price.

  2. Jeff

    July 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Blanton is not terrible he has to be the worst pitcher since Oliver Perez.

    Get rid of Charlie too. The fat fuk. Samdberg now.

    Last year we were adding pieces to win. Utley to left. Headley

    To third. Thanks god my giants are starting there run for bowl.

    • psujoe

      July 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Patience grasshopper. Phils have bought 6 straight years. they got a great return for Thome(an organizational to 20 guy at cacther). RAJ needs to play this right with the O’s to get Schoop. He’s instantly top 10 probably top 5 organizationally at a position of need. Get what you can for Vic (7th inning inexpensive arm a minimum), get something for Pierre( another inexpensive arm). Phils then have Major league players an improved farm and a great core with money and new pieces to fill CF and 3b. It can be done.

  3. Manny

    July 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Schoooooop. Digging the name. Fingers crossed.

    • Chuck A.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm


      I’m detecting a theme here…

  4. delearyous

    July 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    have people forgotten about freddy galvis? why is ss considered a positional weakness of our farm clubs. freddy wont stay at second unless chase is moved to left

    • Dawn

      July 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      There has been talk of Galvis at 3B

      • delearyous

        July 31, 2012 at 4:37 am

        upon further research this Schoop guy is only 20, and is a few years away. …and this season he has actually played more games at 2nd than short.

  5. Cs

    July 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Freddy isn’t as good as this guy with a bat I think.


    July 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Freddy’s back could become chronic. His career is in jeopardy, or so I have read.

  7. Chuck A.

    July 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Freddy Galvis broke his back…there’s no guarantee just how good or bad he’s even gonna be.

  8. bacardipr

    July 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

    A .244 hitting SS i thought we already had one of those. There must be more upside to him than the article is portraying. DIpsy Sheckman?

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