"I don’t feel comfortable [trading Blanton]," Amaro says. Once signing Cliff Lee, it was thought Philly would be eager to shed Blanton's salary in a deal, but that appears not to be the case. "He’s going to pitch for the Phillies, probably for the entire season."
Blanton is guaranteed $19 million over the next two seasons, and Philadelphia would have had to cover much of the deal in any trade, which likely chilled any discussions. While Blanton got off to a poor start in 2010, a fast finish enabled him to end the year with a 4.82 ERA in 175 2/3 innings.
Even with the Phillies' payroll expected to top $160 million, Amaro sees no need to trade Blanton, even if it freezes Kyle Kendrick out of the rotation.
“Why would we want to trade the guy?” Amaro said. “He gives us a whole lot of protection. I’d stack him up against the rest of the fifth starters in the league.”
-- Evan Brunell