The Philadelphia Phillies rotation can boast all they want about how it's about the five starters and not just about the top four, but the fact is that Joe Blanton could be put to better use on the trade market.
I have been a Blanton supporter ever since he came over to the club in 2008, but I think it is time for a change. Again, I like Blanton and I like what he brings to the club every fifth day. What I do not like about him is that he is making $17 million over the next two seasons.
The Phillies have one of the best rotations in baseball, and a guy like Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley could be a good starter to throw out every fifth day instead. They also come at a much cheaper price.
Blanton can be used as trade bait to get another much-needed hitter in the Phillies lineup. After starting the year on fire, the Phillies offense has been dreadful as of late.
It will be tough for someone to take on Blanton's contract, but here are some names that the Phillies could possibly get in return for him.