A's restocking the shelves 

July, 17, 2008
I don't want to get into the habit of quoting myself, particularly something I just wrote a few hours ago. But in the wake of the news that the A's have traded Joe Blanton to the Phillies for three minor leaguers, here's what I wrote (yes) just a few hours ago about Justin Duchscherer

"But if the A's were to trade him and [Huston] Street and Blanton, can you imagine the depth of their young players over the next two or three years? Of course, that would also mean officially giving up on this season."

Well, now we don't have to imagine as much. In second baseman Adrian Cardenas and left-handed pitcher Josh Outman, they've added, to their already impressive depth, the No. 2 and No. 4 Phillies prospects entering this season (according to Baseball America). The A's have, within the past eight months, similarly plucked top prospects from the Diamondbacks and the White Sox. Cardenas, only 20, has recently been breezing through the tough Florida State League. Outman, 23, is currently in Double-A and has struck out roughly a batter per inning at each stop in his professional career (though if he remains a reliever, as he has been for most of this season, he's not the prospect he was).