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

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

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. 

An agreement on players have been reached between Phillies & Giants on Pence pending physicals/medicals.....just to be clear

— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2012

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

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.

#Phillies make trade official: Hunter Pence and cash to the San Francisco Giants for OF Nate Schierholtz, C Tommy Joseph and RHP Seth Rosin.

— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) July 31, 2012

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.

Hunter Pence Traded to the Giants as the Phillies Fire Sale Continues is.gd/VEaTXKPence will do well w/ the ladies in SF

— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) July 31, 2012

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.

Oprah Winfrey: "Everybody gets a Phillie!" bit.ly/QWzOis

— Dustin Parkes (@dustinparkes) July 31, 2012

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

This may be a stupid question, but IF Hunter Pence is traded to SF, do the #Phillies still do Hunter Pence bobblehead night on Aug 21?

— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) July 31, 2012

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

"That guy looks like he never threw or hit a baseball before, but is actually good and makes tons of money." - every kid seeing Hunter Pence

— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 31, 2012

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