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A's trade Blanton to Philadelphia07/17/2008 7:31 PM ET
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland A's today traded right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for second baseman Adrian Cardenas, left-handed pitcher Josh Outman and outfielder Matt Spencer.
Cardenas was batting .309 in 67 games with Single-A Clearwater and ranks seventh in the Florida State League in batting average. He was leading the Threshers in batting and triples (6), ranked second in runs (44) and was tied for second in stolen bases (16). The 20-year old second baseman was named the Phillies' number two prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season. Cardenas (pronounced car-DEE-ness) was originally drafted by Philadelphia as a supplemental pick following the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Monsignor Pace HS in Florida. He played for the United States team in the Futures Game in San Francisco in 2007.
Outman was 5-4 with a save and a 3.20 ERA in 33 games, five starts, at Double-A Reading. He allowed a .257 opponents batting average and just two home runs in 70.1 innings. The 23-year old left-hander was named the Phillies' number four prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season. Outman was originally a 10th round draft pick of Philadelphia in the 2005 draft and has 409 strikeouts in 414.1 minor league innings.
Spencer was hitting .249 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 84 games at Clearwater in his first full professional season. The 22-year old outfielder was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2007 draft and hit .263 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 51 games with Williamsport in his professional debut last year.
Blanton was 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA in 20 starts for Oakland. He tied an Oakland record for most losses before the All-Star Break and is tied for the Major League lead in losses. The 27-year old right-hander also ranked third in the American League in hits allowed (145) and tied for third in runs (74), but he was tied for the league lead in games started and tied for sixth in innings pitched (127.0). Blanton was originally drafted by the A's in the first round of the 2002 draft and compiled a 47-46 record with a 4.25 ERA in 122 games, 118 starts, in his Oakland career.
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