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After the Philadelphia Phillies pulled off the stealth move of the offseason by adding another ace to their talent-laden rotation with the signing of Cliff Lee(notes), the word is that something has got to give.

That something is likely to be the dependable Joe Blanton(notes), who has won 25 games and maintained a 4.35 ERA in the three years that he's been with the team.

But now Lee's addition has him being bumped to the role of fifth starter behind Roy Halladay(notes), Lee, Roy Oswalt(notes) and Cole Hamels(notes). Blanton is owed $17 million over the next two years, so Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is exploring a trade of Blanton to "free up some salary," according to ESPN.

It is likely the Phils will end up paying a chunk of Blanton's salary for whoever ends up taking him. Potential fifth starters for the Phils, such as Kyle Kendrick(notes), have got to be chomping at the bit right now to get to spring training and start learning from the heavily loaded front end of the rotation.

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Source: ESPN

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