This is how silly rumors get started

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The sole line about Joe Blanton in this morning’s story about the Yankees’ rotation by Pete Caldera of the Record:

“The Phillies’ Joe Blanton is said to be available as a possible trade target”

The headline to same story:

“Yanks interested in Blanton, Garcia”

There isn’t a single quote or even an allusion to the Yankees expressing any interest in Joe Blanton whatsoever in the story.  Despite this, ESPN’s trade rumor blog has already picked it up as “Yankees interested in Blanton?”  And I imagine that it will show up in a couple other places by the end of the day today.  Heck, the fact that I’m even mentioning it will probably cause “the rumor to gain steam.”

I’ve said a million times that I love the rumors and the gossip and the silliness, but this is taking things a bit too far.