Josh Lindblom, a 6-6 second-round pick in the 2008 draft and former closer for Purdue, has a 3.02 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio in 47 2-3 innings for the Dodgers this season, pitching much better at home (1.05) than away (5.32). The knock on Lindblom, 25, who is arbitration eligible in 2015 and a free agent in 2018, is his high flyball rate; he's allowed nine homers this season. The walks are no small issue, either. On the plus side, he's become acclimated to pitching late innings; 23 of his 47 2-3 innings have been in the 8th inning.
Ethan Martin, a 23-year-old former first-round pick of the Dodgers (15th overall) in the 2008 draft, was 8-6 with a 3.58 ERA and 112/61 K/BB ratio in 20 starts for Double-A Chattanooga. Baseball America rated him as the 17th best prospect in the Dodgers chain prior to the season, seeing plenty of raw potential and a No. 2 starter ceiling. Martin can reportedly dial it up to the high 90s, with an improving bender, but a below average change-up and developing slider. He is a work in progress and struggles with his command. He is second in the Southern League in both strikeouts and walks.
The deal also includes a player to be named later or cash, according to the Phillies.
Beerleaguer: It's pretty hard to sell to a contender and get a Major League player back in return. And a prospect of this caliber for a two-month rental. And if the Dodgers cover the rest of Shane Victorino's salary, Amaro will have done what he wanted here.