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Phillies could hold onto Blanton

Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:05 pm
Joe Blanton Ever since the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, it's been assumed Joe Blanton is on his way out of Philadelphia.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. tells's Todd Zolecki that he continues to shop the right-hander, but doesn't have to deal Blanton, who will make  $17 million over the next two seasons.

"I really don't have to do anything," Amaro said. "We'll see whether it makes some sense to increase some flexibility for us for later on, but at some point, as I've said, we've just got to see what we've got in Spring Training and move on from there."

Blanton, 30, was 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA last season, pitching 175 2/3 innings -- his lowest total since breaking into the majors full-time in 2005.

By holding onto Blanton, the Phillies aren't selling low on a pitcher that won 42 games in his first three full seasons and 30 in the three since.  While owed a lot of money, Blanton's been a dependable innings-eater throughout his career and there seems to be little reason to doubt that trend will continue. Come spring training, injuries will always create a need for a team to go out and get a starter, right now the Phillies have little leverage.

Right now, Philly has its formidable foursome with Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, with Blanton serving as the fifth starter. The team also has Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley who could step into that position. Kendrick was 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA last season, while Worley has started one game in the big leagues.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 8:15 pm

Phillies could hold onto Blanton

Ahhh your wrong LUMPY.... Lumpy, kinda like BEANE trading for Matt Holliday for 1/2 the season and sending Cargo toColorado, now that one is gonna stung for YEARS.

You are wrong about Blanton being PROMPTLY SIGNED, he was traded in 08, won a WS, then was pretty much our most consistant starter until LEE and Pedro started here in JULY 09.. He is 25-13 as a Phillie, he has like a 4.3 Career ERA and noone has ever claimed he was a 1 or 2...

That said, his only injury in 6  full seasons was last years oblique strain, he averages 30Starts a YEAR and is averages 206 innings a season... Last year he was signed to a copntract but only was paid $2 Mill,$1 Mill up front when he signed and $1 mill salary so take 10 mill over 2 seasons and divide 10 by 2 and he made $5 Million or next year wld be the full 24 mill if he was still a Phillie, so you see these guys drawing upthese contracts are finance wizards,besides those stats above are more then most pitchers,notmany guys go6 seasons w no injuries..

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:28 pm

Phillies could hold onto Blanton

I agree with you lumpoco. I was surprised they rushed to extend a pitcher such as  Blanton. Blanton was part of the world series championship run including the 2008 championship as well; however, pitchers with blanton's talent level are a dime a dozen. There was no reason to rush to sign him.

Certianly based on what his asking price was as opposed to the upper echelon pitchers in the league could explain the decision. Fortunately for Phillies fans, the payroll limitations have been extended and...

Ruben was able to construct one of the greatest rotations of all time. It's going to be an exciting season and I can hardly wait.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Phillies could hold onto Blanton

Oakland traded Blanton to the Phillies who promptly signed him to a large contract. It's the Phillies who chose to overpay Blanton. They thought they could easily trade him, but other teams wanted the Phillies to take on a good portion of Blanton's salary. The Phillies did not want to do that so no sane GM was going to make the trade. Maybe Amaro can work something out with the Nationals ams Rangers. Both GMs are incompetent and desperate....a perfect trading partner for the Phillies.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:14 pm

Joey B, sick action, sick.

Joey B, sick action, going yard against the Rays in 2008 Moe, dropping bombs Moe. Joey B, son. Joey B.

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