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...
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.