MLB Trade Rumors: Braves and Phillies Race for Pence Will Be Photo Finish
Hunter Pence is no doubt a great talent, but he will never get as much media attention as he is getting right now. The Astros star is the object of two team’s affections, and they are neck and neck in getting him.
The Phillies are desperate for a right fielder. After the defending champion San Francisco Giants pulled off the Carlos Beltran trade, their desire to get a bat increased. They have been throwing the kitchen sink at the Astros, and it seems to be working.
The Phillies are not the only game in town though. The Atlanta Braves remain a dark horse to get the prized right-handed slugger. They have showed no will to meet the Astros’ demands earlier in the week, but may be changing their tune currently.
It seems ever more likely that a deal will come down this weekend. The question is who will win the tight race. Ken Rosenthal tweeted this hopeful post late Friday, “Sources: #Phillies, #Astros progressing toward Pence deal. #tradedeadline #MLB.”
However, at the same time, Buster Olney was getting news on the Atlanta Braves front. Here are two tweets that show they are not out of the race yet.
From an evaluator: Braves looking to be creative and do a Hunter Pence deal. Still talking. #trades. The question for the Braves/pence is whether they can get creative enough, fast enough, to beat out the Phillies. #trades
It now seems that a Pence deal is imminent. If you read between the lines, it would seem the Phillies are in the lead by a nose.
You can almost hear the clamor behind the scenes as the Braves try to get the bat they feel will put the over the top.
Hunter Pence has been a star for the last few days. It is only fitting that his acquisition come down to what looks to be a dramatic finish.
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