I think the message that it sends by keepin him on the roster instead of cutting him is horrible to the fan base.
There is nothing to be gained by keeping him.
As a 12/13th/longman mopup guy on staff.....we already have those currently & may need out of option guys like Sam DeDuno or Esmeril Vasquez to do that.....Burton/Swarzak/Burnett/Perkins/Duensing/Robertson will be 6 of the 7/8 pitchers in pen next yr
I can see your point but I'm just not sure it's a smart thing to do. In case of emergency, Blackburn isn't the worst guy to have around and some time in the pen might make him a better pitcher (probably not but there's a remote chance of it happening).
Either way, I just don't care that much. All I ask is that Blackburn be removed from the rotation. If he's the 12th guy out of the pen, it doesn't matter. The 12th guy out of the pen almost never
matters on a major league ballclub.