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Hunter Pence is 29 and will make $10.4 million in 2012, with another arbitration raise coming in 2013 somewhere between $12-$14 million.
What makes him the most valuable trade piece for the Phillies is that he is under team control for the 2013 season and will not just be a rental player.
He is one of the younger quality players on the Phillies, but he could bring a boatload of quality prospects in a trade.
Rumors report that there are two teams interested in Pence.
The Giants are eyeing Hunter Pence, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Dodgers might be able to afford him. Pence earns $10.4 million in 2012 and will get a raise through the arbitration process this coming offseason.
Which of these teams will be the better fit for the Phillies in a potential deal? Good question.
The Giants have two outfield prospects. One is Gary Brown, a first-round pick currently having a quality season in Double-A. The other is Francisco Peguero, who is currently in Triple-A and having a mediocre season.
The Giants also have some pitching prospects, but the Phillies need a high-end position player or two in order to make a deal worthwhile. Overall, the Giants have a very weak farm system that doesn't seem to have what it takes to make a deal.
The Dodgers' farm system is full of pitching prospects and not much else. In order for a deal to get done, it will have to include outfield prospect Joc Pederson, a 20-year-old with plus power.
Both teams do not seem to have what the Phillies would need in order to move a talent like Pence. As the deadline approaches, keep your eyes open to see if other teams will rise and get into the mix for Pence.