Tuesday, July 31, 2012
TRADE - Pence to Giants
1) Hunter Pence - Pence is under team control for 1 more year and will likely make close to $14 million next season.
1) Tommy Joseph - Joseph is a 21 year old catcher who hit 22 homers last season in A+ and is putting up respectable numbers in AA considering his age and position.
Quick evaluation - It became apparent through recent reports that the Phillies didn't want to pay Pence $14 million next season, but if this is the actual trade (still unconfirmed) I'm surprised Rube couldn't get somebody more ready for the majors since the team now goes into next year with a minor leaguer (Brown), a part-timer (Mayberry) and a mystery player starting in the outfield.
Update: Jon Heyman reports Nate Schierholtz plus another player will join Joseph in the deal. Schierholtz is unhappy in SF after losing playing time. He's nothing more than a fourth outfielder.