Kendrick Avoids Arbitration, Inks for $2.45 Million; Blanton Staying? – Phillies Nation

Kendrick Avoids Arbitration, Inks for $2.45 Million; Blanton Staying?

Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies traded arbitration numbers today, but it never got that far. The two sides agreed on a one-year, $2.45 million pact for the 2011 season.

Jon Heyman broke the news via Twitter.

The 26-year old Kendrick pitched in 180 2/3 innings last season, putting up a 4.73 ERA and 1.37 WHIP while going 11-10. It was his fourth season with the Phillies and during his time in Philadelphia, Kendrick has accumulated a 35-24 record with a 4.69 ERA and 1.425 WHIP.

As of this time, Kendrick is out of the rotation with Joe Blanton has the fifth starter.

Adding KK’s contract to the pot, that puts the Phillies payroll at $164.83 million for 2011. (Hat tip to Matt Gelb for doing the math).

UPDATE, 5:59 pm: Ken Rosenthal of spoke with Phillies GM Ruben Amaro today who said that he does not feel comfortable moving Joe Blanton this season and will keep him “probably for the entire season.”

If the Phillies want to play it safe in the arms race, then keeping Blanton is a no-brainer. This also suggests that they aren’t getting bites on the Blanton bait right now, so this could be a motivator for Big Joe.

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  1. Brooks

    January 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Nice move by Ruben. It puts him in the position to choose the direction he can profit the most by. He has Blanton, he has KK and perhaps Worley too which leaves flexibility and time for something to pop up, and it will.
    I like it.

    • jigman90

      January 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      always liked KK one of his biggest fans even with his ups and downs just a nice yong man with a strong arm that needs a little time to develope as for Joe Blanton a strong pitcher for 6 innings, if Charlie can only manage Joe with his knowlege and not his heart on his sleeve, Joe could be a 15-18 game winner!
      what a wonderful situation having 6 good starting pitchers!! and if right field doesn’t pan out what trade bait we have!! great situation for Ruben and the Phillies to have!!

  2. Chuck

    January 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This REALLY gets me excited. Wow…..the signing of the winter.

    Actually, I’m ok with KK as the 5th starter should Blanton be moved. It’s seems fair for what he’s done and what he brings to the equation. And if he’s the long guy out of the pen….that’s ok too. If the 5th starter can win 10 games….with the rotation we have….I’ll be elated.

  3. pegasus62

    January 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Whew! Thank God thats been taken care of…I was really starting to worry about the starting rotation until this news broke.

  4. landshark

    January 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Amaro was just testing the market for Blanton….He wouldn’t accept ANY trades unless he felt it was an upgrade. I think theres a strong possibility he could be trading during the season. All it takes is another team in desperate need of pitching due to injuries. That would actually be sweet, because I’m sure teams would be giving away high prized prospects for Blanton. I’m really surprised Washington isn’t showing interest… I’d love to pick through their farm system. If all else fails we will have a surplus of quality starting pitching if one of our guys goes down.

  5. Lefty

    January 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    164.83 million, yikes that’s a huge number. I don’t believe RAJ in the update. What’s he supposed to say- I’m desperate to trade Blanton? I agree with everyone else, the right deal will present itself before the trade deadline. In the meantime we have our emergency 6th starter, and long reliever in KK. If he can just eat some innings without too much damage, he could be an asset. We also have Worley, but Charlie said he likes to go to camp with eight starters fighting it out, which of course actually means 4 fighting it out. Who’s got the edge right now on the eight spot?

  6. derekcarstairs

    January 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Blanton is a good pitcher signed to a reasonable contract.

    The Phillies should not give Blanton away for payroll relief. I would like the Phils to get a good C or 3B prospect for Blanton or for Blanton plus one or two of the Phils’ mid-level prospects.

    If they can’t get a good return for Blanton, I would trade Kendrick. As a young, major-league starting pitcher with a modest salary, Kendrick should draw some interest, enough interest to get a mid-level prospect in return.

    As others have said, the Phils should be patient and wait for the right deal.

    • Lefty

      January 19, 2011 at 6:00 am

      Blanton is a fair pitcher signed to an awful contract, that’s why RAJ couldn’t move him. Ask Cole Hamels who made less then Blanton last year. No worries though, someone will get hurt and Blanton will be needed somewhere.

  7. PhP54

    January 19, 2011 at 12:31 am

    This is great news. Now we have more depth. I am ready for April 1. I was hoping to keep Blanton! We even have KK to be the long man. Durbin who?!? LOL

  8. Ted Bell

    January 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Blanton won’t be on the opening day roster. It makes absolutely no sense for RAJ to announce that he’s “desperately trying to move Blanton” (which he is). There are always teams coming out of spring training realizing that they’re short on starting pitching. He’ll probably be moved around that time.

    I’m Ted Bell.

    • Chuck

      January 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

      I tend to agree, Ted Bell. Something will most likely happen in March.

      • PhP54

        January 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        I disagree. The contract is large. We’d eat most if it, so why bother. If he is traded, it will be in July when the value is higher – meaning the teams who would need him would need him AND his contract. I listened to XM the other day, I predict he will be there opening day.

  9. Don M

    January 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Blanton’s contract is far from “awful” . . . baseball is in a place where guys like Gil Meche, Carlos Silva, Oliver Perez, etc …. all make $10-12 M as Free Agents . . . because that is what an AVERAGE pitcher gets paid..

    So for Blanton to be under contract at $8-10 M is very reasonable if you look at the big picture..

    His value will be much higher at mid sesason than it is right now, because currently, teams have other options – or had other options of Free Agents they wanted to target, etc . . come July there is a good chance that Blanton is among the top trade options for many teams… he’s pitched in both leagues, has lots of playoff experience, including the World Series .. he’ll get a good return.

    The only way Blanton is traded before the deadline is if a team suffers a season-long injury to a pitcher in the Spring …. Phillies are smart to wait until other teams are despereate.. we’re probably the only team with actual EXTRA pitching depth, so Rubes will use that to his advantage

    The fact that Ruben made comments about “keeping him all year” is to tell the other teams that the Phillies aren’t interested in giving him away just to save $$$.. that its going to take some prospects to get him..

  10. Josh

    January 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    To add to Dom’s comment. Not only is It in Ruben’s best interest to wait for other clubs to have injuries through the first part of the season, it is also smart for him to see if our Big Phour are all healthy through June. God forbit Oswalt has lingering back issues, it would be nice to have Big Joe B to be our number four starter.

    The funny thing is hypothetically if Blanton has been delt and one of the Big Phour has a season ending injury (again God forbid), this team can still win 95 games. It still blows my mind how deep this rotation really is. As they say, your can never have too much pitching.

  11. Captain Chaos

    January 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I’m fine either way, as I don’t have a problem with having Big Joe or KK as the 5th starter. I think it’s awesome that the Phillies are a team that isn’t just going to dump Joe for salary. Really says alot about where this team came from and where it is now. There were days where we’d have to put with a guy for 2-3 years no matter how bad he was if he was getting paid, in 09 Phils just dump Eaton and Jeffries who I think were making around 16mil that year like it was nothing to make the team better. Now they’ve got a huge payroll and aren’t just giving away Joe and eating his salary, they’re either going to get the full salary picked up to maximie flexibility or they’re going to put the best rotation they can out there.

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