Found February 20, 2012 on We Should Be GM's:
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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...
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