According to Buster Olney at ESPN, the A's have sent Joe Blanton to Philadelphia for second baseman Adrian Cardenas, pitcher Josh Outman and outfielder Matthew Spencer.
The A's must really think Mark Ellis is going to leave as a free agent, as the A's are loading up on second base prospects all of a sudden. First they drafted Jemile Weeks, then they traded for Eric Patterson in the Rich Harden trade, and now they add Cardenas. Meanwhile, we're still stuck with no heir apparents to either Bobby Crosby or Eric Chavez.
But heck, you can't get a better name for a pitching prospect than Josh Outman, can you?
I like this trade better than the Harden trade, because I expected to get less from Blanton. But Cardenas and Outman are legit prospects. In the preseason, Kevin Goldstein gave them both 3-star ratings, while John Sickels ranked them both as solid B's. Spencer didn't make Goldstein's list, while Sickels gave him a C+.
BTW, if you don't like either of the two trades, you can blame this article of mine. I was literally two minutes from publishing it when the Rich Harden trade went down, and this Blanton trade goes through two minutes after I finally pressed the publish button on the thing.