The Phillies wasted little time in adding an arm to their starting rotation for the second half. Joe…
Blanton Dealt To Phillies For Trio
Blanton was a first-round draft pick of the A's in 2002. He has been a regular member of the A's rotation since 2005, when he went 12-12 with a 3.53 ERA in 201.1 innings for his rookie season. The Phillies are hoping Blanton can recover the form that he showed last season when he went 14-10 with three complete games in a career-high 230 innings. He struck-out 140 and walked only 40 last year.
The Kentucky alum has never missed a start because of injury since joining the A's rotation in 2005. He has thrown 760.2 career innings and has a 4.25 ERA and a 47-46 record. His 12 losses this season match a career-high. Blanton was the final member of the A's Moneyball first round draft class still in the organization. He is in his first year of arbitration-eligibility this year.
In return for Blanton, the A's have added three more prospects to their ever-increasing bounty of talented players. Cardenas is the highlight of the package. The 20-year-old Florida native was batting .309 with an 818 OPS and 16 stolen bases in 16 chances for High-A Clearwater of the Florida State League at the time of the trade. Cardenas was ranked as the Phillies' second-best prospect by Scout.com's Philly Baseball News and the number one second base prospect in minor league baseball in Scout.com's most recent prospect rankings.
Outman, a left-handed pitcher, was rated as the Phillies' fifth-best prospect by Philly Baseball News. The Missouri native is 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 33 games (five starts) for Double-A Reading of the Eastern League this season. Outman has 66 strike-outs in 70.1 innings. A 10th round pick in 2005, Outman was 12-7 with a 2.99 ERA in 27 appearances (25 starts) and 159.1 innings last year at High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading.
Spencer is an outfielder who was a third-round supplemental pick of the Phillies in the 2007 draft. He attended Arizona State and is currently at High-A Clearwater, where he is batting .249 with six homeruns and a 684 OPS in 84 games for the Threshers.
Stay tuned for scouting reports and analysis of this trade and the rest of the A's deadline moves...
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