"The Blue Jays are interested in upgrading their starting rotation before Opening Day. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos made a very public scouting appearance at Joe Blanton’s start for the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend...." Depending on how much of Blanton's salary the Phillies are willing to take on, he might be the preferable choice for the Blue Jays if they aren't looking to trade away decent prospects.Via Grant Brisbee So, this is madness. A healthy Blanton is positively a bargain at 1 year, $8.5 million. There was an arguable case to be made that the Phillies should have been willing to eat some of his salary two months ago, when Blanton hadn't yet pitched to live batters. But the more he pitches and the healthier he looks, the higher his trade value should be. There is no way that the Phillies should even think about trading a healthy-looking Blanton for no prospects while eating part of his salary for the privilege. I don't care how tight their luxury tax situation is.