This is one of those deals that just don't seem to make sense. Blanton really doesn't look at all like a desireable pitcher for a yard like Philly's. Who will be surprised to see him get rocked over and over again. It's one thing to be an ininng eater in a friendly park, but eating ininngs while getting shelled isn't going to work.
Blanton is a groundball pitcher, isnt he? I don't have any numbers on hand, but that's what I've heard. Also, Cardenas is blocked by the best 2b in the league so he was never gonna see the light of day in a Phils uni anyway. This was a risky move, but it is reminiscent of the pickup of Lohse last year (6-12 when aquired - Blanton at 5-12 now) ...who ended up being pretty reliable.
Burnett is better, no question, but he has all kinds of health/contract issues, and who knows what's going on with Bedard. I like the move...Phils didn't lose Carrasco or Marson and they get a guy who has the potential to be a solid/very solid No.2. If this trade goes down after last season, Nobody would argue Phils win big time.