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Pittsburgh Pirates receive: RF Hunter Pence
Houston Astros receive: SP Jameson Taillon, OF Starling Marte, SP Colton Cain
This is the trade that Ed Wade will be judged on by people if he won at the deadline or not. Hunter Pence is one of the top three players currently available at the deadline, and with as well as he has been playing, Ed Wade should be able to ask for a king's ransom.
The Pirates have been out of the playoffs for 18 years now and to continue to regain the confidence of Pittsburgh, they need to make a splash.
Hunter Pence would be a great addition for the Pirates this season and the future. He is just entering his prime and is under team control until 2014.
The Astros need to ask for Jameson Taillon before starting any trade negotiations who is the 11th best prospect according to Baseball America. Taillon was the second overall pick in 2010.
After that, I say they ask for OF Starling Marte who is hitting over .300 at the Double A level for Altoona, as well as starting pitcher Colton Cain who has been pitching well at the Single A level.
The reason the Astros can ask for so much is that they don't need to trade him. He is entering his prime, can't become a free agent until 2014 and has become the face of the franchise.
If teams really want him, they will need to make a big offer. The Astros hold all the leverage in this trade negotiation.