The Phillies have acquired 27-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton from the A’s for Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer. The cost was pretty steep for Blanton but the Phillies needed a workhorse type starting pitcher to help out both the rotation and the bullpen and he will do that. Blanton started 20 games for the A’s this season and he was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Coming to a team like the Phillies’ should help Blanton win more games because of the offense behind him. Blanton has now pitched in 122 games (118 starts) in his major league career and he is 47-46 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
20-year old lefty swinging Adrian Cardenas was the biggest key of the trade as he was the Phillies’ #2 prospect coming into the season according to Baseball America. Cardenas has played in 67 games in A-Ball this season and he was 80 for 259 (.309 avg, .818 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 4 homers, 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He will eventually be the starting 2B for the A’s down the road. 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Josh Outman was the #4 rated prospect in the Phillies’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Outman has pitched in 33 games (5 starts) in AA-Ball this season and he is 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. 21-year old lefty swinging Matt Spencer was the #28 prospect in the Phillies’ minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America. Spencer has played in 84 games in A-Ball this season and he is 76 for 305 (.249 avg, .684 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Phillies paid a big price for Blanton but that’s because they’re trying to win the World Series right now.