More Deals and No Deals

A few hours after the Phillies avoided arbitration with Shane Victorino, the Phillies did the same with starter Joe Blanton, signing him to a one year, $5.475 contract. Blanton made $3.7 million in 2008.

Blanton was acquired by the Oakland A's prior to the trade deadline. In 13 starts with the Phillies, Blanton was 4-0 with a 4.20 ERA. In the postseason, Blanton was 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA. Blanton even smacked a home run in the World Series.

In 2008, Ryan Howard tied an all time record for most money won in arbitration, $10 million. This year, Howard wants to nearly double that, going for $18 million. However, the Phillies offered him $14 million.

Although the amount of money requested by Howard is outrageous, he'll likely get it. Despite the strikeout totals and fielding miscues, Howard's side has the argument of leading the league in favorite categories, RBI and home runs.

Jayson Werth wants $4 million, however the Phillies offered him $3 million. Durbin is seeking $1.95, and the Phillies are offering him $1.35.



I think the Phillies ought to just go ahead and pay Howard. He does strikeout a ton, his average will never be great, and he is what he is in the field.

But, he is also very predictable and a manager can plan around that. Baseball is a numbers game. Howard very much a percentages-type player.

Howard will have his strikeouts and average. (I think it was at .180 still in early June). He WILL hit his home runs however and, if guys are on base, he will drive in runs.

If he doesn't do it for the Phillies, he will do it somewhere else...

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