Phils Land Pence
July 29, 2011
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After months of talk about adding a right-handed bat, the Phillies have finally added the piece that will put them over the top.
Pence provides the right-handed bat that the Phillies have coveted. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Reports are saying that the Phillies have landed Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence. In exchange for Pence, the team will be sending pitching prospect Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton and two lesser prospect to be named later.
The deal was made without parting with Domonic Brown or Vance Worley, two popular fan-favorites.
There had been talk for the last week that the Phillies were interested in acquiring Pence. The pursuit had really kicked up a notch over the last two days as the team had made it clear that they would do just about anything to acquire Pence.
They are getting a player in Pence that is hitting .309 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs. He has also scored 49 runs and added seven stolen bases.
He is a career .290 hitter and has hit 25 home runs each year from 2008-2010. Pence also has 56 outfield assists, proving that he is an above average defender.
It will be interesting to see what the Phillies do with Domonic Brown, especially since Placido Polanco and Roy Oswalt will likely be heading to Philadelphia in the coming days.
They could delegate Brown to the bench as the fourth outfielder or they could send him down to Lehigh Valley so he gets playing time.
This post will be updated once the two unnamed prospects are revealed. It’s rumored to be two lesser prospects.