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Poll: What Should the Phillies do with Joe Blanton?

4 Pitchers t-shirtLast week, Andy Pettitte announced his retirement from baseball, leaving the New York Yankees with a gaping hole in the starting rotation. With that, I wrote a post that asked this very question: what should the Phillies do with Joe Blanton? Now, we want your opinion.

Give us your thoughts by voting on the poll below and by commenting on the thread below. The best argument wins a free Phillies Nation t-shirt just in time for Spring Training!!

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  1. Sherrell Slater

    February 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    They should keep him & make him the set up Man for Lidge!!!

    • Elizabeth LaVanture

      February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      We already have an awesome set up guy his name is madson…… we need to trade blanton…… just get rid of him. love him, and thank him for all hes helped the phillies team do but i think his time and philly has come and gone <3

      • Don M

        February 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

        you don’t trade him if the current market won’t give you a return… come late-spring, or midseason, somebody will be willing to take more of his salary and/or give you some prospects in return for a playoff-tested #3 or #4 starter. Blanton is far from a #5 pitcher but the Phillies will be smart and wait until somebody gets desperate

  2. Alex whalley

    February 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Keep the big guy I mean Joe Blanton is a workload and a great 5th starter I also like that with Joe in the mix we keep Kendrick in the bull pin cuz without him back there we really don’t have that long middle reliever that’s if we ever need it with are aces

  3. jlmacdonald

    February 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I would say keep him, he’s a very good 5th starter. Much better option then kendrick or worely. He would be considered to be a good 3rd or even 2nd on alot of major league roster. And if our lineup hits the way it should, then the 3 runs in 6 that hell generally give will win alot of games. Plus having his stuff going against other 5th starters, he pick up at least 10-12 wins on that alone. A nice 4.50ish era and hell burn innings for you on days were other teams will need bullpen help. Keep Big Joe.

  4. Allison

    February 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Trade him to Dunkin’ Donuts for a large coffee and a Boston creme donut.

    • Troy Vincent

      February 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm

      Very, very, very unoriginal. You stole your comment from someone on the facebook comment section.

      Kelly Hines: I thought he got traded to Dunkin’ Donuts for a large coffee and a boston creme donut?

      Nice try.

  5. philliesmama

    February 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Keep Blanton. He is a steady Eddy and has done a great job!

  6. DroppedThirdStrike

    February 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Save him for when SOMEONE ELSE has a rainy day. I wouldn’t actively shop him, but the first time someone comes knocking, listen and listen hard. If anyone comes close to offering to pay his full salary and give you anything reasonable in return, pull the trigger. He’s a great commodity to have, but not very necessary. The four aces are amazing to have right now, but chances are its only for this year and maybe next. Use this opportunity to groom a Vance Worley or Andrew Carpenter as your #5.
    You can afford to experiment because you have such a force at #1-4. And you can’t afford not to experiment because your young arms aren’t getting any younger. If one of your aces craps the bed each week and you never win a game when the #5 pitches, you can still win 95 games.

  7. Garrison Ward

    February 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    We gotta keep Joe. He not only eats cheesesteaks, but he is a massive innings eater. And while the other stud pitchers dominate from the bump, only big Joe has hit a W.S. Home run. And the real reason to keep him: “There are two types of pitchers, those who get hurt and those who are always hurt.” I would hate to go into this season with those starters only to lose one to injury and have to fill in with Kendrick or Worley. Blanton is an under appreciated commodity and he should stay in red and white pin stripes.

    • Nichele Germanotta

      February 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      “Blanton is an under appreciated commodity and he should stay in red and white pin stripes.”

      Well said.

  8. Nichele Germanotta

    February 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, Joe “You Know” Blanton…. this guy has been with us through so much and I think it would be foolish to get rid of him. We need him as our 5th guy and personally, I feel that he is better than Kendrick (much more reliable). We have an amazingly fantastic starting rotation but we need our middle men… if Moyer isn’t going to be around then we DEFINITELY need Joe there to fill in. He has helped us through so much – we can’t kick him to the curb now that we have the best pitchers in the game starting for us!!!

    The Phillies are a team of players – not a couple of superstar standouts like most “teams”.As a fan, I love this team because every person on it is so talented – and this goes for Joe especially. It’s easy to get excited about having A+ pitchers but unfortunately they can’t carry all of our games for us – we need everybody to make this season truly great.

    So let’s KEEP JOE around a little longer!

    And PS. See ya later, Andy Pettite! I’m gonna miss my Phillies lineup destroying all of your terrible pitches!!

  9. Josh

    February 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I say remain flexible. Keep him now as an insurance policy to any of the big Phour. Assuming the big Phour are all healthy and pitching well up toward the trading deadline, than start shopping him. His return will be much higher at the deadline than now when teams are a little more desperate. Remember that he is only a 3 or 4 starter in the NL…to an AL team (especially the AL East) he is probably a 4 or 5. The Phills have a much better chance at landing an impact player when a team is desperate. I dont think any team is willing to cry desperate before spring training even starts…and that includes the Yankees.

  10. Christopher Edge

    February 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I say hold onto him with the intention of trading him at the deadline. The Yanks, among other teams, will be too smug to make an appropriate offer on him prior to the season. Once said team comes to their senses and realize they are in fact weak and desperate for pitching depth, they’ll man up and offer a decent bat and/or prospects. Once again Ruben Amaro’s smugness will prevail.

  11. Larry T.

    February 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I think there should have been an option to choose “keep him and see how the season unfolds until the trade deadline.” So many things can happen during the course of the season-injuries, players stepping up, etc; Joe Blanton is a solid, experienced pitcher who eats innings and would be a #3 on many other teams. If one or more of our big 4 go down (God forbid…knock on wood), he is a nice insurance policy to have. Would it be nice to trade him for a RH bat that the Phils lost when Jdub left and robbed the Nats? Absolutely. But, who is to say that we don’t already have that in Ben Francisco? I can remember when Werth was platooning with G. Jenkins and as he started getting more AB’s, he blossomed into the player that he is now. It’s tough to get into a rhythm when you don’t play everyday and see live pitching in game situations. So, let’s see how Francisco does whole platooning w D. Brown before saying we need to trade Blanton for a RH bat. He is a cheaper option and we can keep Big Joe to see how the season goes. If things are going well, we can always shop Joe at the trade deadline because we all know that there will suitors lining up for his services. We then will have better knowledge of what is out there and what we need (if anything) to set us up for the championship run.

  12. Phillistein

    February 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Any move that the Phillies make that would move Kyle Kendrick to the starting rotation should be avoided at ALL cost.

    I like Joe. A little expensive for what he does but the guys a gamer and we like gamers in Philadelphia. As for the Yankees – IMHO Joe would get eaten alive in the AL East.

    If on the other hand, we could land a proven righty bat – you would have to consider it. However, I’d better see Worley out there and NOT Kendrick.

  13. bill goldhahn

    February 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The phils have to keep blanton. He is a quailty 5th starter. And look at it this way if any of the aces goes down blanton can slide up as a four(which he has been for a few years now) an kendrick or worley can fill the five spot. Keeping Blanton is insurance for our rotation.

  14. PhilliesGirl1

    February 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Keep him as the fifth starter. I’m more confident when he gets up to pitch than when Kendrick does, for right now at least. We’ll have to see how the start of the season goes to really know what we should do, you can’t deny that. But for now… keep!!! Great starting 5 pitchers. MLB, may I introduce you to…

    Fat Joe and The Terror Squad!!!!!

  15. Shannon

    February 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Keep him. He can be a middle man if we need him to be. When the trade comes and some team in contention needs him and we don’t, trade him. Make sure we get something good or someone we need in that trade.

  16. Troy Vincent

    February 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I do respect Joe Blanton, as he was a key part of our 2008 World Series victory. That being said, our 3 top starters (Halladay, Lee, Oswalt) are all over 30 years old. Add Blanton to that rotation and you add a 4th 30 year old. The thing that scares me is not having a young prospect to take over in the rotation in a few years. Another problem here is salary. Trading Blanton would free up room to help our team elsewhere, because we obviously don’t need more starting pitching.

    Try trading Blanton to a team like the Yankees, or another AL team that needs a good starting pitcher. I’d be happy to get an one prospect, either in the Outfield, or middle infield, or a draft pick(s) in return. Anything that frees up some salary. After this I’d like to see the Phillies look towards the future and bring up a pitching prospect to fill the 5 hole. Someone who could learn from the Phour Horseman. I hear Vance Worley is a possibility.

  17. Andrew

    February 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Blantons only memorable moment was the home run in the world series. I say trade him or get rid of him in a polite way. He doesnt throw very hard and usually takes awhile to get in a groove. Phils should bring up some new young prospects who have speed and a great change up.

  18. Manny

    February 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    How many more games would the Phillies win with Joe Blanton starting every 5 days instead of Kyle Kendrick? Is that worth the extra 8 million this year (and next!)? Is that worth a couple wins that most likely won’t make any difference? Will it matter in the playoffs when one of R2C2 will SIT in a NLDS….?

    Now, Blanton is a good pitcher… but for those of you saying we’re better off holding on to him for now (and I was on board with that idea previously), then look at this:

    **In his career, Heavy B has a 4.63 ERA during the first half of the season vs. a solid 3.90 in the second half. Unless someone tells me he’s perfected one of his pitches, or working out everyday with Roy Halladay, I’ll believe that once again this will be the case in 2011: A mediocre ERA by the time you want to unload him around the trade deadline. That would mean: virtually no decent prospects in return and possible paying a big chunk of his remaining salary. AND what he gave you up to that point (the first half of 2011) wasn’t even good at all. Oh, and as a bonus you’d get to watch whichever team ends up with him benefiting from his really good 2nd half starts!**

    Injury-risk to one of R2C2 would seem to be the main purpose of keeping Blanton, the argument being that we don’t have much pitching depth behind Kendrick and Worley. But if someone else from the minors needs to make a couple starts if one of the big 4 falls, then so be it. Bastardo did it. Worley did it. I’m sure the list won’t stop there…

    The bullpen should be well-rested all year long even with R2C2 performing at sub-par levels. Blanton or no-Blanton wouldn’t affect that much.

    We’ll be sorry we didn’t trade him when he goes through his usual April/May/June funk. His value might not be the highest right now, but all signs say that this might the highest it’ll be until after mid-season.

    Finally, one last point that often gets overlooked. Those 16 million sure would be nice to fulfill our medium/long term plans. It could mean that extra year in a contract offer for Cole… something that could end up being the tipping point between him signing with the Phillies or some other team. 16 million will also get you a whole lot of Madson (your closer of the near future, most likely). Or Chase. Or Jimmy. Or whoever else you want to extend. Sorry Heavy B, but the verdict is: Unload asap.

    • Nichele Germanotta

      February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Now that was an eye opener!

    • betasigmadeltashag

      February 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      KK is making 2.something so it is not 8 million more compared to Joe it is 6 million, and if Joe has a good year his stock will go up next year, and if not he will bring about the same, Saying that and saying they should keep him, if you get a good offer that blows you away then you take it

      • Manny

        February 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        You’re paying KK the 2.something regardless, so you’d still have to pay the 8 million for Blanton on top of that.

        Also, I highly doubt that there will ever be an offer for Heavy B that will blow anyone away… It is what it is.

  19. Lefty

    February 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Joe B would bring good value to another team, therefore he should bring back equal value to us, and we should not trade him unless the other team is willing too take on his full salary and give us full value. Ruben is now playing his cards correctly stating that big Joe is part of our plans, but clearly was not just after the Lee acquisition. Blanton could not possibly bring value back to us in trade if the other teams think we are desperate to dump him.

    That’s why I voted for waiting for the deadline, or sooner if someone comes knocking with the right deal. It also makes sense to find out which of our other players are bitten by the inevitable injury bug this year to assess our needs. (other than replacing the bearded one, although we may already have the guys we need to do that anyway.)

  20. betasigmadeltashag

    February 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Defiantly keep Joe, I am sorry but 8.5 million in the big picture is not a lot of money. He will be the best 5th starter in baseball and with a long season people are going to nicked up and spend sometime on the sidelines and if he goes, and some one has to miss 2 or 3 starts then you are putting KK at the 5 spot and hoping some arm in the minors can step in. Plus he has proven to be a team guy first and eats innings, can come out of the pen if needed in playoffs or during the season if need be. He had a rough start last year with being hurt and having a bad month when he came back off the DL but the last 2 months he pitched really well. You can never have enough pitching, and you can find a corner OF or bat if you need it at any time. Remember you may only have little Roy for one year so Joe can be you number 4 guy next year. On any other team he could be a 3/4 starter, didn’t he start opening day for the A’s. Plus when you need a big HR in a playoff game he is your man.

  21. dan1aoh

    February 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Keep Joe for Spring Training and see what pitchers go down around the league and then trade him for optimum value.

  22. quinndog1980

    February 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Let him take a year off so he can be cast in the next season of “JERSEY SHORE” ….Would love to hear “Hey Joey B., it’s 4XL T-Shirt time!!”

  23. Captain Chaos

    February 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The key to this entire argument is just basically how you should approach a negotiation in the first place. The Phillies are currently holding all the cards in this situation they have more than enough pitching to afford to move him, and yet judging by attendance and our new super expensive scoreboard we have more than enough money to keep him. We have a position of strength here and there’s no reason for the Phillies to just salary dump Joe Blanton.

    Freeing up the money is all well and good, but if you look at the upper levels of the Phillies farm system there aren’t a whole ton of major league ready trading chips. (Excluding Dominic Brown who we aren’t trading). So I wouldn’t count on the Phillies making some big trade deadline move. I also wouldn’t expect them to trade Joe Blanton at the deadline because I think we all expect them to be in contention for the division why would you weaken your major league team for the stretch run.

    The only way you trade Joe Blanton is if it makes your organization better in that someone offers to take the salary (and let’s be honest for Joe’s production as a starting pitcher that’s a really fair salary.) and offers a prospect in return. If they’re interested in Mike Rizzotti who is blocked in the Phillies depth chart you can offer to include him to either net another prospect or to upgrade to a more elite prospect for Big Joe.

    The key here is that the Phillies don’t have to be one of those teams that cuts salary just to cut it. They are above that now where they can afford to take their time and let the right deal come to them. When the Yanks are going through spring training and Hughes, Nova and their other rookie starters are cruising around with +5 era’s they’ll be taking a long hard look at Joe Blanton. When they give Ruben a call to check in that’s when he should rake them across the coals.

  24. Jon

    February 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The smart thing to do would keep him till the trade deadline since we could not get a deal done in the offseason. I def thing we are going to need middle relief help down the stretch. Personally I would trade him to a division team or the Yankees for a tasty cake because thats all he is worth

  25. Sonya O'Brien

    February 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Phillies should keep Blanton, because he looks like my friend’s fiancee and she would be sad to see him go

  26. The Dipsy

    February 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Joe as our fifth starter is a luxury. I know they say that you can never have too much pitching but, all four of our starters combined, have missed about 1/3 of an inning their entire careers. If a trade is going to happen with the Phils, common sense would tell you that you would trade for a need form where you have an excess. That would be Joe Blanton out some AA pitching. Joe will go…and we will get a lot for him.

    The Dipsy

  27. Sweet Dee

    February 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Why shouldn’t we keep Blanton? He’s better than a lot of other guys last year. It’s almost a shame Halladay, Lee, Hamels, and Oswalt overshadow him so much.

  28. The Uber Dude

    February 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    This all depends entirely on how much you want to believe the hard cap the ownership group has supposedly placed upon RAJ.

    If the Phils are flush with more cash than they possibly know how to spend, and Ruben’s talk about the strict spending limit is just a PR move to keep them from looking like the Yankees, then there’s absolutely NO reason to get rid of Joe Blanton. The man’s body of work is incredibly consistent, he eats innings almost as efficiently and voraciously as he eats cupcakes, and most importantly, he keeps his walk rate down. His BB/9 last year was better than Kendrick, Oswalt, or Hamels, and he was 6th in the NL, ranking ahead of stalwart aces like Josh Johnson and Chris Carpenter. If you believe that Ruben doesn’t HAVE to trade Joe, then there’s no reason to trade him. Who WOULDN’T want a guy like Joe Blanton as their FIFTH starter?!?!

    Now, if you believe that we must cut payroll, Joe’s a good candidate for cutting, considering our glut of awesome pitchery at the top of the order. He’s overpaid for a 5th starter by far, and we have cheaper options in that slot waiting in the wings to deliver league-average performance for bargain-basement prices. We could get a veteran righty bat for the outfield to shore up our offense…or just free up cash to keep guys like Hamels around for a little while longer after their contracts are up this coming offseason.

    So it really depends on whether the party line that RAJ has been toe-ing has been an accurate depiction of the State of the Phillies. So I voted to split the difference and keep him till at least mid-season, with the option to trade him depending upon the team’s needs at the time.

    …which is exactly what I believe RAJ to be doing.

  29. Chuck

    February 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Wow…give something away and all the Facebookers come out. Some of these comments I will totally disregard.

    The Phillies hold all the cards here. They are in the power postion RIGHT NOW (that could change if their needs change). So they can afford to wait and strike when they get an offer that makes sense. I agree, though. At some point this season, unless someone goes down because of a serious injury, he’s gone….and the Phillies will get a nice return for him.

  30. colin henderson

    February 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I would either trade him to the red sox for cameron or the yanks for marte……a right handed outfield bat or a lefty to solidify the bullpen…..both would better serve the team right now, without blanton, kendrick is an adequte enough 5th starter

  31. Michael Zufelt

    February 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    For the first time that I can remember clearly, the Phillies are sitting in a very advantageous position. They obviously have very little need for something more than a semi-competent pitcher given the lack of regular season starts and no postseason starts this fifth spot will occupy relative to the big four. There are plenty of pitchers both outside and inside this club that come to mind (Worley being my favorite right now) when you think of potential Blanton replacements.

    So why move now?

    At this point, every club is a contender. Therefore, our trade market is logically at its worst. Once teams lose beyond the point of no contention, they will offer up anyone except for the players they deem as integral to the club’s future. Plus, teams that are close to contending, or have reached the point where they expect to be in the playoffs but need a third or fourth starter, become more likely to overpay for someone like Blanton, especially considering how much rest he can be counted on to give to the bullpen late in the season.

    Throw in the added bonus of injury insurance (could you imagine having, say, Bastardo and Kendrick as your 4 and 5 for an extended period?) and you can see why the Phillies are most likely going to wait until midseason to trade Blanton.

  32. phantasticphillies

    February 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Phillies need to wait for someone somewhere to go down or fail miserably in spring training and then move him….the market for serviceable starters isn’t what it is going to be come mid march~~god forbid but the Phillies might need him by …then you never know. Phillies should wait patiently until at least mid march! He is a commodity other team’s don’t have and just might need but not yet because they still *think* Joe Blow from their AAA club is gonna be a major leaguer this year. You’ll see, he is not yet fully valued….give it a month!See More

  33. Scott Boehler

    February 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    How soon we turn. Blanton did not have a great season last year which is no secret; however he is a bit of a work horse and as a 5th starter he could probably be the 3rd starter for 75% of the Major Leagues. He obviously pales in comparison to the big 4 and I think that is what people are focusing on; bottom line is who else are we going to get? Are we worried that he might have our average bullpen take the mound after the 5th inning? Then we should have never gotten rid of Bret Myers..

    I say keep him and let him soak up innings. How many of us gave up on Hamels after his 2009? I know he is younger, but if we are going to be hasty and use a trend of one season, then that is crazy. Amaro Jr. isn’t worried about his ability, he is worried about the team budget. That is what started this debate. We sell out every game..we can afford him.

  34. tavian

    February 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Keep Blanton unless you can acquire solid youth for him. Contending teams will need solid pitching. I believe his value will rise as we get close to the trade deadline. He could have a very positive impact until the trade deadline. Of course, we may want to keep Blanton. I would seed two solid prospects for him. Or one outstanding one. The trade deadline will be key.

  35. Pat Gallen

    February 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Some great arguments – keep them coming!

    • Chuck

      February 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      I think people are finally starting to get pumped for the season. I know I am!!

      • Captain Chaos

        February 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        I’m with you dude I can’t take much more waiting thank god pitchers and catchers report in 4 days.

  36. Keith McCalla

    February 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Save big Joe until further on in the season. If we trade Blanton now, the return will be minimal. No team wants to take on his contract, so in result we will be trading Blanton for a minimal prospect return. Look at the Cliff Lee deal, none of those players seems to be panning out as prospects. Blanton won’t generate half of that return.

    In addition, injuries to pitchers are common in the MLB. If one of the big 4 goes down, do you really want the rotation to have Kendrick and worley as the #4 and #5. Keep Joe in the 5 spot because he is definitely better than every teams number 5 in the national league. I would argue that Joe is better than most teams #4 and a few teams #3.

    The best scenario would be to hold on to him until the deadline. If the rotation is entirely health, I expect to have a comfortable lead in the division. Come playoff time, we will not need a 5th starter, so we look to improve the team for the playoffs. Evaluate the team and what exactly they need. It could be middle relief, a rightfielder, or a bat off the bench, and transisition Worley or another young starter into that role for that future. It would be better to eat the contract at mid-season because you still get use out of blanton for half the season and hopefully get that last piece that leads to another parade down broad st.

  37. Mike Corson

    February 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Keep him!!! Or at least wait till the deadline. Ben/Brown may do a great job. The bullpen should be good if not great. So if they are the only question marks then they wouldn’t need to move him for any other reason. Also Oswalt may retire/ no have his option picked up so Joe would be a good #4 over Kendrick.

  38. joeparocks1311

    February 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I think the Phillies should keep Joe Blanton untill about halfway through the pre season and get all this hype around. That way his trade stock might go up and we should try to aquire some young prospects so that we can have a dominate team that will compete for World Series 5 years from now. Our Team is now one of the oldest the MLB. We should plan for the future by getting rid of Blanton. That being said, I still think we have the best team in the MLB right now and getting rid of Blanton will probably help us in the long run.

  39. Kate

    February 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Knock on wood, but R2C2 is NOT IMMUNE to the injury bug or down years. How quickly we forget that Cliff struggled for a little while last year or Cole Hamels’ slight downturn in 2009.

    Steady Joe could come in handy in September if Halladay gets a bit worn at the edges like he did this year.

    I feel bad for Steady Joe. In all the circus antics surrounding R2C2, people have forgotten that a healthy, effective Joe Blanton can be very, very dangerous to anyone’s line-up.

    Kendrick/Worley would be insurance policies.

    Steady Joe is a great number three on any other team. Let’s give him some respect.

    • Chuck

      February 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      I don’t think that just because the question was raised about Blanton that it means that he’s not getting respect. It’s a fair argument. We have a stud rotattion…and some potential holes in the lineup and the bullpen. Joe could and probably will be a very valuable trade partner at some point this season. If anything, that SHOWS RESPECT….that the Phillies have a guy like that that can be traded to better their team.

      And, yeah, if there’s an injury to one of the other starters then having Blanton is great.

      Like I said earlier…..the Phillies are in a position of power with this…

  40. Bea Lincoln

    February 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hold on to him for a spot start, especially if one of you’re top 4 go down.

  41. Bea Lincoln

    February 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Hold on to him especially if one of the top 4 go down.

  42. landshark

    February 10, 2011 at 12:08 am

    It’s pretty clear that keeping Blanton would be the wise decision to make here. Not only would he be ”insurance” incase one of the 4 is added to the DL, his value will go through the roof come may or june when teams are desperate for pitching. Either way it would be a win win situation. 8 Million dollars is A LOT of money for a 5th starter, or an extra arm in the bullpen, but that’s the price to pay when you take the shot at going for the best rotation in baseball history.

  43. Jim Lowell

    February 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Hold on to him and be able to evaluate the options just before the trade deadline. He is either going to be what we expect of our 5th starter or trade him to a team that really wants/needs him. This will clear room for us to go after a good starter from a bad team just like when we were blessed with Roy Halladay and Oswalt.In time for another World Series run!!!

  44. RedFountain

    February 10, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Well it appears the Phillies are still pursuing an above-average right-handed bat…given their recent (failed) talks with the Rangers about Michael Young. Still a sign that Amaro still thinks this offense has a need for improvement, and that they still have enough flexibility to do so.

  45. Brooks

    February 10, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Nice arguements indeed.

    I like what Chuck (and a few others) said – we do hold the cards here. But, lets figure something out – When does Joe do his best? When is he at his peak value? Second half of the season. What I mean by that is if we wait until the trade deadline, he may stink up April and May and his value is diminished. His top value is right now.

    Now, figure what our needs are – we do need a power bat from the right side – we really do need a 3rd baseman in waiting – we could use certified (aka – proven) BP help. Or, just free up some cash. Look, how many games would there be a w/l difference between Cheeseburger/Worley and Kyle? Not much and we have the studly 4.

    Joe is at his peak value, before he gets on the mound. If he starts the season on the Phils and has an April/May like he did in 09 and 10, his value is diminished.

  46. Don M

    February 10, 2011 at 8:04 am

    From MLBTR.com …. The Phillies recently contacted the Rangers to express interest in Young, three league sources told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. The talks ultimately didn’t get very far and are no longer active. One of the sources characterized the interaction as “tire kicking” on the part of the Phillies. It should be noted that the Phillies are not one of the eight clubs that Young would approve trades to, though the 34-year-old says that he would consider deals to teams not on the list.

    So that answers my question that YES, the player has the ability to accept a deal to a team that was originally on his NO-TRADE list…

    But more importantly, it shows in Philadelphia sports just how annoying the internet has become . . . Jon Gruden as the new Eagles head coach was replaced in rumors by Michael Young to the Phillies – which on the surface doesn’t sound so crazy

    but when listening to ESPN radio last night, people were calling in and suggesting Joe Blanton AND Domonic Brown for Michael Young … which the Phillies wouldn’t ever consider. Another report said that Young would play 3b, meaning the Phillies would trade Polanco and Blanton …. but that doesn’t make any sense because the Rangers have NO NEED for a 2b/3b .. which is why Young wants to leave to begin with! ..

    ugghhh internet rumors really grind my gears!

    • Chuck

      February 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

      It just shows that A LOT of people that post on sports blogs or call in to radio shows or post on Facebook don’t consider the ramifications of some of the stuff they are suggesting. I mean, what sane person would really think that Blanton and Brown or Blanton and Polanco for Michael Young would actually happen? I love listening to 97.5…but some of the clowns that call in need to seriously get a life.

      Don’t get me wrong….I like Michael Young. He would undoubtedly be a RH bat that ANY team would love to have in it’s lineup. But he’s not coming to the Phillies and certainly not in a trade involving these suggested players.

  47. Dropped Strike Three

    February 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Joe Blanton did pitch on Opening Day in 2008… Can you say FIVE #1 pitchers? !?!?

  48. Stoney Atwood

    February 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    They should keep him.

  49. joetursi

    February 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

    keep Joe blanton 100%. there’s absolutley no reason to trade this guy, for a number 5 starter he’s a great number 5. ni reason to start kendrick either, Kendrick is nothing more then a good triple a starter, if there’s anyone u try to trade to reduce the salary it’s ibanez, he’s up there with his age now but there might be someone out there willing to trade for him

    • Don M

      February 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

      The reason they would look to trade Blanton, is that he would play in 30-35 games . . . for about 3/4ths of the cost of Ibanez playing almost every day…

      A #6 hitter is more important than a #5 pitcher..

  50. Uncle Ed

    February 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    They should absoluely keep him and let him assume Chad Durbin’s role. Blanton is always strong for a few innings, then he collapses. He’d be a great fit out of the bullpen as a middle reliever.

    • Manny

      February 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

      An $8 million middle reliever??

      • Don M

        February 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

        People are really starting to reach to come up with solutions for things that were never problems to begin with!!! If Joe Blanton is on the roster.. he’s a starter, because he is better than anyone else besides the Big Four. Salary is an obvious reason too, as Manny stated, … but even without bringing that up . . .Blanton is a solid starter, would be the #3 for most teams in baseball, and if we keep him we’d have the luxury of having the “best #5 in baseball”

        Im not too concerned with the # associated with each starter though, because last year, Gio Gonzalez was the A’s #5 starter and had a GREAT season with 15 wins, 171 Ks, 3.23 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP with 200 innings in 33 starts

        To call him a #5 is a joke…but that was the number that he got tagged with in the rotation.

        Im not sure how this ties-in . . . but I would be willing to bet my Phillies-fandom that SOMEBODY on the Phillies roster has more WINS than one of the Big Four pitchers.. that’s just the way baseball works. Whether its Blanton, or Kendrick, or Worley, or somebody else . . . I wouldn’t be surprised is one of the R2C2 guys has single-digit Wins, and another pitcher on the team reaches double-digits – which Blanton clearly has the best chance to do (on paper)

  51. Nate McGann

    February 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    It depends if he gets training they should keep him but the game he played against the giants In world series we should get rid of him

  52. Nydia

    February 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I really think the Phillies should keep joe he is good and he even won some games for us but, he still needs work on his pitching skills and i think if he’s constant at that he become a good pitcher

  53. mick

    February 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Keep Joe Blanton….I think he is a good enough pitcher for five or six innings and with our bullpen we should be doing very well!!

  54. Mike E

    February 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    trade him for a good young hitter bc we need it!

  55. bobzero

    February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I say hang on to Joe, he can pitch most days, he was a little messy for our champs in the finals, keep him and see what happens!

  56. Bryce

    February 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I think they should trade him and someone else to go after Michael young or a right fielder

  57. Philip Lee Nunn

    February 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    They should keep him because if they do trade him now , the way the market is at the moment there is no guarantee that we will get something in return or if anybody want to pay for his salary now. kendrick and vance worley are a nice thought for #5 but i just dont think those two are ready for the hype around the other 4 pitchers we have, i think it would be too much for them. blanton has pitched for us in the world series and has the experience. the other two dont. we should just keep him and he will do well for us a # pitcher in the rotation.

  58. Dave H

    February 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I say keep him, he eats up a lot of innings and maybe being around the other guys in the rotation will help make him better. He isn’t terrible, and he’s not great, but he’s decent. As long as he can get 6 or 7 innings a night, then they should be golden. Keep him for this year and worry about it AFTER our World Series Parade down Broad Street!

  59. Mark

    February 22, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Long reliever and fifth starter fit those few times in a year when that is needed.

  60. Anthony Guddo

    February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Trade him to dump salary or you cant Keep him he adds depth

  61. Angelo pollace

    February 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Keep him for this year see how he does n if he does good make him a closer next year because lidge is not lights out anymore n if he stinks the joint up trade him or send him back to minors he may become Joe can’t win not Joe Blanton

  62. smitty6599

    February 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    My thoughts should be that the Phillies keep him. Even though the 4 other pitchers are highly talented and # 1 aces, many people do not realize that Joe was a # 1 ace in Oakland. He gets you wins, eats innings and also keeps his mouth closed. With all the focus on the others, Big Joe is gonna win you 20 games and have an ERA under 3. Well worth the contract that we owe him as a # 5 starter!!!!

  63. Mike opiela

    March 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Honestly i think they should keep him. Hes an average pitcher nd he is our 5th starter and we are lucky to have him!

  64. Barry J.L. Horton

    March 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Make Blanton the 5th starter. He was never spectacular, but always solid & good for 4-5 innings to let the buollpen take it from there.

  65. Patrick

    April 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Not a dam thing he is perfect where he is right there in the 2011 phillies soon to be world champions. Joe is a great pitcher just needs to finds his grove

  66. Steve

    June 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    At this point the phils should just stick with the young (Vance Worley) and try to find the best deal for Blanton. The Royals or Orioles could definatley use the pitcher we don’t need.

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