Jim Salisbury of PhilliesInsider reported Red Sox scouts were in the stands last week when Blanton took the mound for his first spring training start.
"The Red Sox are one of the clubs looking to add a veteran arm." said Salisbury.
This is not the first time the Red Sox have been rumored to have an interest in the 31-year-old right-hander. About the time of the Cliff Lee acquisition by the Phillies in December 2010, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that "the Phillies have a Blanton deal in place with the Red Sox".
Follow-up stories suggested that one of the reasons the Red Sox would take Blanton was to help the Phillies shed salary, thus keeping Lee away from other AL teams that were pursuing him.
Nothing anywhere near as Machiavellian appears in play this time; the Red Sox are hedging their bets in case their fifth starter smorgasbord comes up wanting. They have kicked the tires on Roy Oswalt and have apparently talked to Washington about John Lannan.
Normally, this type of column in B/R takes one side or the other: x reasons for doing something or x reasons against. This time I'm going to give you five reasons (pro and con) why the Red Sox should consider Blanton and five reasons why they shouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole.
Interestingly enough, the five reasons are the same—just interpreted differently!