Third, Blanton, 30, is exactly the type of pitcher MacPhail has been seeking to add to the 2011 rotation. Sure, he is no ace. He went 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA in the National League this past year. His career ERA is 4.30. But he gets deep into games and eats innings, and at the very least, would take some of the pressure off the Orioles' young starters. Blanton pitched 175 2/3 innings in 2010, which broke his streak of five consecutive seasons of pitching 190 innings or more. He had also made 31 starts or more in five consecutive seasons. He's a big, burly guy who wants the ball and is not afraid to throw strikes. He also projects way better in the Orioles' rotation than pretty much any of the pitchers available on the free-agent market.