The deal that shipped top prospect Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer to Oakland for immediate help in the form of Joe Blanton was a beautiful thing, man.
If Adrian Cardenas wins MVP and Josh Outman collects a Cy Young, the Blanton deal will forever be an excellent one since Blanton delivered immediate help and earned two postseason wins, directly contributing to a title. It’s an amazing thing, really, to witness a trade pan out perfectly with the Phillies on a winning side, something only teams like Boston and Florida ever seem to connect on. Blanton’s postseason performance was unquestionably the most underrated of any player the entire postseason, outperforming fellow deadline acquisitions CC Sabathia and Rich Harden and silencing critics who argued that the Phils had, once again, settled for less.
It's even better than a "win-win." It's a "win-who-the-hell-cares?"