Reports: Phillies at it again, this time with Pence
The Phillies aren’t done yet.
Shortly after dealing outfielder Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, it sounds like another Philadelphia outfielder — this time, Hunter Pence — is also heading west.
According to multiple reports, talks between the Phillies and Giants had been heating up this afternoon. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, a deal is now just about finished. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki also says the deal is close, and CBS’ Danny Knobler reports that it’s minor league catcher Tommy Joseph heading to Philadelphia in exchange. Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz is another player who could possibly be involved in the swap.
Pence came over to Philadelphia from Houston in a Trade Deadline deal last year and hit .324 in the final 54 games for the Phillies. He’s hit .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs for the last-place Phillies this season.
Joseph, the Giants’ second-round pick (55th overall) in the 2009 Draft and No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com Prospect Watch, has hit .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for Double-A Richmond this year. He was the starting catcher for the U.S. team in this year’s Futures Game in Kansas City, going 1-for-1 with a walk, a run and an RBI.
When all is said and done, the Phillies outfield could be awfully depleted by their game tonight against Washington. With Joe Blanton, Juan Pierre — and perhaps even Cliff Lee — still possible trade targets, there still may be more action before the Deadline hits.
– Joey Nowak