Breaking News: Pence Finally a Phillie
Just before the bottom of the fifth inning at Miller Parkon Friday Night, Hunter Pence was taken out of the Brewers-Astros game and was seen emotionally hugging his teammates in the dugout before departing.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the trade is a 4-for-1 deal has taken place involving Jonathon Singleton, Jarred Cosart, and two players to be named later.
My take? Pence is a solid young player, but this is a pretty big overpay for a guy who’s maybe the 10th best right fielder in baseball.
It would have made absolutely no sense if Pence had just been a rental, but he is now under Philadelphia’s control through 2013, meaning that, unlike Carlos Beltran in San Francisco, Pence will continue to contribute with his new team.
He made 6.9 million dollars last season and, after making his second all-star team in 2011, will be due for a big raise.
In the last 13 months, the Astros have traded away three faces of the franchise: Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, and Hunter Pence.