Lock down

After not having a solid contract for five years of play with the Phils, the team finally offered Victorino what he should have had all along. Friday, the Flyin’ Hawaiian inked a $22 million three-year deal with the Phillies.

In a less obvious move, the Victorino deal came after Thursday’s signing of Joe Blanton to three-year deal. The $24 million for Blanton does not seem like a bargain to me. In fact, I thought he’d be out of here. What do we want to lock ourselved into a pitching obligation with him for?

Cliff Lee, an ace with a bright and healthy future, asks you for $9 million and you send him packing and then agree to $8 mill a year to Blanton. I just don’t get it.

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