PHILADELPHIA, July 18 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have strengthened their starting rotation by acquiring right-hander Joe Blanton in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.
The Phillies sent infielder Adrian Cardenas, outfielder Matt Spencer and pitcher Josh Outman to Oakland in exchange for Blanton.
Blanton, who was Oakland's Opening Day starter in April, is 5-12 with a 4.96 earned run average in 20 starts (127 innings) this season but was a victim of poor run support.
"The thing about being with the Oakland A's, you tend to be in rumors a lot," Blanton said on the Phillies Web site when told of the trade Thursday night. "I just took the approach that I didn't pay a lot of attention. I was with the team until told otherwise (but) I'm really excited about the situation I'm coming into. They have a great team."
In five major league seasons, Blanton, Oakland's first-round pick in the 2002 amateur player draft, is 47-46 with a 4.25 ERA in 760 2/3 innings.