— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012
The Phillies are in fire sale mode.
30 minutes after officially sending Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, the Phillies have traded right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants. The report comes via Jon Heyman of CBS.
San Francisco will send the Phillies 21-year-old catcher Tommy Joseph as well as outfielder Nate Schierholtz and RHP Seth Rosin. The Phillies will also pay part of the remaining money on Pence’s contract.
Pence was obviously very shocked he was dealt.
“Very surprising,” Pence said with a glazed look in his eyes. “I don’t think anyone anticipated the season that has gone on this year. It was a perfect storm of injuries and things that didn’t go right for us. That’s the business of the game and you have to understand that. We had a great run and now I’ve been sent on.”
Pence is hitting .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs for the Phillies. In 155 games for the Phillies dating back to last season when he was acquired from Houston, Pence hit .289 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs.
Joseph was hitting .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Double-A. He was drafted in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Schierholtz can immediately step in and play right field for the Phillies. Schierholtz, 28, is hitting .257 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 70 games for San Francisco.
Rosin, 23, has a 2-1 record and 4.31 ERA in 34 games with Single-A San Jose Giants.