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BREAKING: Thome Traded to Orioles

Thome (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have traded first baseman Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles.

The Phillies got two players for Thome, RHP Kyle Simon and C Gabriel Lino, both of the Orioles Single-A team.

Thome hit .242 with two doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs in 30 games for the Phillies this year.  He made four starts at first base and nine starts as the designated hitter.

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Phillies trade for Wigginton

(David Zalubowski/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC)

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com just tweeted that the Colorado Rockies announced they traded Ty Wigginton to Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.

This is an incredible move for the Phillies, who had their sights set on Michael Cuddyer. Wigginton is a very similar player and would come at a much cheaper price than Cuddyer.

Wigginton plays the corner infield and outfield position, giving the Phils a replacement for Ryan Howard at first as well as someone who can play third base and left field to spell Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and become a replacement for Raul Ibanez.

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Immediate Impact

The acquisition of Hunter Pence has already had a positive impact on the Phillies' lineup. (Photo: phillysportslive.com)

Since becoming the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies back in November of 2008, Ruben Amaro Jr. has proven one thing; his only concern is on the immediate future.

Trades for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Roy Oswalt have taxed the Phillies’ farm system, sacrificing the team’s long term future for immediate success.

Last Friday’s trade for outfielder Hunter Pence was just another example of Amaro choosing “now” over “later,” trading away highly rated prospects Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton in a four-player package to Houston for Pence’s services. Just like the Lee trade in 2009 and the Oswalt trade in 2010, the Pence trade fell on the same day, July 29th.

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