Joe Blanton agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with the Phillies. The deal comes at a perfect time since Blanton was scheduled for arbitration next month.
I’m going to be completely candid; Blanton got a very good deal here. According to BaseballReference.com, he is compared to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. In 2009, Verlander went 19-9 with a 3.45 ERA and he led the AL with 269 strikeouts and 240 innings pitched. Blanton went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and served 163 strikeouts in 195.1 innings pitched.
Verlander is arbitration eligible and is asking for $9.5 million while the Tigers countered with $6.9 million. The point is that Verlander performed very well in an arguably more talented AL and may get paid the same or a bit more than Joe Blanton. In the case of Verlander, I think he will win his hearing.