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Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.
With the trade deadline inching closer, it was clear the Philadelphia Phillies would be sellers.
The Phillies had nine players earning at least $10.4 million heading into 2012, and the combined salaries exceeded $134.685 million. Philadelphia knew it would have to eat the salaries of both second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard until they returned from injuries. Pitcher Roy Halladay’s struggles and injury problems were unexpected, though.
Once July 30 turned into July 31, Phillies fans were wondering not if, but who, would be traded.
Outfielder Shane Victorino, who becomes a free agent after this season, was often mentioned as someone the Phillies should trade to ease the financial burden. On July 31, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indeed traded Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin.
Victorino had a .261/.321/.401 slash line with the Phillies in 2012, along with nine home runs, 40 RBI, five triples and 24 stolen bases.
Lindblom went 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 47.2 innings of relief work for the Dodgers in 2012. Martin was a starting pitcher for Chattanooga (AA).
Also on July 31, Philadelphia traded outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catcher Tommy Joseph and pitcher Seth Rosin.
Pence had a slash line of .271/.336/.447 with the Phillies in 2012, along with 17 home runs and 59 RBI.
Schierholtz batted .257/.327/.429 in 77 games with the San Francisco in 2012. Andy Baggarly of BaseballAmerica.com rated Joseph the Giants' No. 2 overall prospect for 2012. Rosin was pitching for San Jose (A+).
Pence was essentially a rental in Philadelphia. The Philles traded the Houston Astros for Pence on July 29, 2011.
Philadelphia gave the Astros some good prospects for Pence.
John Manuel of BaseballAmerica.com rated Jonathan Singleton (No. 1), Jarred Cosart (No. 2) and Domingo Santana (No. 6) three of the Astros’ Top 10 prospects for 2012 . All three came from the Phillies in the Pence trade.
BaseballAmerica.com rated Singleton and Cosart the No. 34 and No. 55 overall prospects for 2012, respectively.
Philadelphia did not replenish the farm system in an effective way.
Six players on Matt Forman of BaseballAmerica.com's list of the Phillies' Top 10 prospects for 2012 are pitchers. Lindblom, Martin and Rosin just add quantity to Philadelphia's organizational pitching depth.
The Phillies gave up two All-Star-caliber outfielders (Victorino and Pence) for one average MLB outfielder (Schierholtz). How does this make competitive sense?
At catcher, Joseph will likely wait behind Sebastian Valle in line to take over for Carlos Ruiz. Valle was the No. 9 overall catcher prospect for 2012, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.
Philadelphia needed to trade players to shed payroll, but I think the players the Phillies traded away should have demanded more highly regarded prospects as collateral.