The Philadelphia Phillies have traded former Astro Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers. Pence became a member of the Phillies exactly one year ago today, when the Astros dealt him away at the trade deadline. Pence immediately became a fan favorite in the city of brotherly love due to his all-out hustling style of play. Pence helped the Phillies claim their fifth straight N.L. East title in 2011 by hitting .324/.394/.560 in 54 games down the stretch and jump-starting a struggling offense.
This season didn’t turn out like the Phillies had planned and they have decided to part ways with the popular outfielder. Philadelphia is in last place and won’t be a factor this post-season. Phillies fans will certainly be upset about this trade, especially considering how much Ruben Amaro gave up last July to get Pence. The package of Schierholtz, Tommy Joseph, and Seth Rosin doesn’t seem to compare favorably to the four-player package sent to the Astros last season.
This deal looks like it will help keep the Giants in the battle for the N.L. West title. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have also been aggressive at the trade deadline. Los Angeles acquired Shane Victorino from the Phils earlier today. The D-Backs are rumored to be looking for a starting pitcher and get back in the race.