Phils sign Blanton to extension
Avoiding arbitration with their No. 3 starter, the Phils signed Joe Blanton to a three-year, $24 million extension Thursday. The new deal takes care of his first two free agency years.
Blanton went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts for the Phils last season and made four appearances (two starts) in the postseason. In 44 total regular season starts for the club over the past two years (2008-09), Blanton is 16-8 with a 4.09 ERA and the team is 26-18 (.591) in those games. He pitched at least 6.0 innings in 29 of those 44 starts.
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