The Phillies have been in many rumors recently, linking them to numerous starting pitchers. But, finally, they picked up one who may be able to improve that terrible starting rotation. Joe Blanton.
Blanton was a desirable pitcher this last offseason, but he wasn't moved. Today, Billy Beane decided to move Blanton for LHP Josh Outman, 2B Adrian Cardenas and OF Matt Spencer. The 27-year old was having struggles this season, with 5-12 with a 4.96 ERA.
Good move for the Phillies? Maybe. This was a HUGE risk. Blanton was good last season, but he has looked very shakey this season. If he is able to return to his form from last season (14-10, 3.95 ERA) he will be a great pick up, and who knows? Maybe he will be able to get better in a new environment, but only time will tell. The Phillies are definitely trying to pull out all the stops and stave off the Mets and pesky Marlins.
What about the A's point of view? Well, I think it's safe to say that Billy Beane doesn't expect this team to do anything down the stretch of the season that will make fans happy. This is the second starter he's dealt in a week. Blanton and HardI do think, however, that this was a better deal for the A's than the Phils. The Phillies are taking a gamble on Blanton, while the A's got some really great prospects. Cardenas was batting .309 in Single-A, Spencer had six homers and 41 RBIs in 84 games, Outman had a 3.20 ERA in 33 games at AA as a starter and reliever.
What are your thoughts? Will the Phils luck out, or will the A's win in the end?