Monday, February 20, 2012

Kendrick 2 Year Deal & Blanton-Abreu-Burnett Swap

KK Deal:
2 years $7.5M to a 6th starter/bullpen longman. I'm confused, but that's exactly what Amaro doled out for Kyle Kendrick. KK was set to make $3.585 this season, and under the new contract his 2012 salary is yet to be announced. I like KK and think he has value, but there's a point when salary outweighs usefulness. However, with Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton both becoming free agents after the season, having KK's salary already set for the 2013 season could be a positive. Of course, maybe the Phillies plan is for Kendrick to step into the 5th spot in the rotation this season, as will be discussed in the next section of this post...

Blanton-Abreu-Burnett Swap:
Buster "Rhymes" Olney reports that prior the AJ Burnett + money to the Pirates for 2 prospects deal went down that the Phillies were aggressively pursuing a 3-team swap. The trade would have sent Joe Blanton to the Angels for Bobby Abreu, then Abreu to the Yankees for Burnett. It's a shame this didn't go through, because it would have saved the Phils money this season, plus netted them a starting pitcher at a reasonable salary for next year too (assuming NY would have eaten $20M of his salary like they did for the Buccos). Who would you rather have, Blanton or Burnett? Me- Burnett, because of durability and the ability to strike batters out.

7 comments:

Randy said...

What did Bea Arthur get you...player to be named later?

Beer-a-Thon said...

Phils save half a million by signing KK to the 2 year deal. 2012- $3M, 2013- $4.5M.

SirAlden said...

I have an interesting idea for a post.

Who would you want at the same salary for the next 5 years?

Hamels or Lee?

GM-Carson said...

That is a good question Sir Alden, and to be honest, I'm not sure what my answer would be.

Jack said...

oops that last comment was me

Jack said...

oops that last comment was me

William said...

What did Bea Arthur get you...player to be named later?