The Philadelphia Phillies are no strangers to making big deals at the trade deadline. In fact, in each of the last three seasons they have made key acquisitions at the deadline that helped them win the NL East and make a playoff run.
In 2008, they brought Joe Blanton to town. While Big Joe did not get the fanfare of their more recent deadline acquisitions he played a major role in helping the Phillies win their division and eventually the World Series. Blanton was 4-0 down the stretch and 2-0 in the play-offs and no Phillies fan will ever forget the home run he blasted in Game 4 of the 2008 World Series. It was his first major league home run and oh yeah, he got the win, too!
In 2009, the Phils acquired Cliff Lee who went 4-0 in the playoffs with a 1.56 ERA. He also had the Phillies only two wins against the Yankees in the World Series that year.
And 2010 brought the Phils Roy Oswalt who only went 7-1 down the stretch with a 1.74 ERA. The Phillies won 10 of his 11 starts during the regular season and 2 of his 3 playoff starts.
Which brings us to 2011. There has been much talk of the Phillies acquiring the Mets Carlos Beltran but the Astros Hunter Spence seems to be the better fit and here are five reasons why.