By Dan Connolly
1:57 PM EDT, July 31, 2012
With roughly two hours to go to until the non-waiver trade deadline, the on-again, off-again talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about right-hander Joe Blanton seem on again.
The Orioles were adamant that they didn’t want to pick up the remainder of Blanton’s $8.5 million contract, which is roughly $3 million.
But it looks like they are willing to pick up some of the contract, according to an industry source.
The Orioles would likely have to deal at least one player to the Phillies and take on some of the money owed, since the Phillies are seeking salary relief. But the player is not considered a potentially high-impact guy.
They are still in negotiations, but now it looks a lot more likely than it did last night or this morning.
At least one industry source said now it would be a surprise if the Orioles didn't land Blanton. It also could very well be the only thing the Orioles do today. However, there are nearly two hours before the deadline.
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