Hunter Pence to the Giants: Trade Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

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Hunter Pence to the Giants: Trade Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction
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The Philadelphia Phillies continued selling off their players before the trade deadline, shipping outfielder Hunter Pence off to the San Francisco Giants.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported the news via Twitter. 

Pence is hitting .271 this season with 17 home runs. He was an All-Star in both 2009 and 2011.

This is the second consecutive season in which Pence has been traded midseason. Last year, the Phillies acquired him from the Houston Astros.

Here is a breakdown and Twitter reaction from the trade.

 

Giants Grade: A

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The Giants needed to add bats and ensure that the Los Angeles Dodgers did not gain the edge in the NL West after their aggressive moves.

The bitter rivals are currently tied atop the division, setting up a thrilling race as the postseason draws closer. The Dodgers already added to their offensive arsenal, bringing in both Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins and Pence’s teammate Shane Victorino.

Both teams need to score more runs going forward, as each has just 408 runs this season, tying them for 25th in baseball.

When the Dodgers made bold trades, the Giants had no choice but to respond. This is exactly what they did, acquiring one of the most productive hitters available.

 

Phillies Grade: B

It is difficult to get excited when a team that has won its division five years in a row is selling off its pieces at the trade deadline. Still, the Philadelphia management is making tough, but necessary choices.

As MLB.com's Jake Kaplan reports, the Phillies received two prospects and a 28-year-old veteran outfielder in exchange for Pence.

The team is currently in last place in the NL East and was forced to swallow its pride, cut payroll and add young talent. The Phillies did an excellent job executing deals by leveraging teams who desperately needed their players.

Time will tell if the Phillies were able to receive similar value for what they paid a season ago to get Pence, but given their situation, sitting on their hands was the worst move they could've made. This has been a difficult season for Philadelphia, but that did not stop the team’s executives from making the right choices.

 

Twitter Reaction

Big Lead Sports' Jason McIntyre notes that Pence has reasons unrelated to baseball that should make him excited about his new home. I would not be surprised if he started whistling "California Girls" after hearing about the trade.

The Score's Dustin Parkes posits a brilliant idea, and maybe Oprah will bring back her "Favorite Things" episode every year on MLB's trade deadline day.

The Phillies' marketing department realized they had work to do after reading this tweet from Atlanta Braves Radio Network reporter Kevin McAlpin.

NBC Sports' Aaron Gleeman notes that Pence's play might not always be pretty, but the Giants will be pleased with his production.

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