2011 MLB Trade Deadline: Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Hunter Pence

Adrian FedkiwAnalyst IIIJuly 29, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 29: Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros bats against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 29, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Wow, what a day to be a Philadelphia sports fan!

First the city gets blindsided with the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and now the Phillies and Astros have completed a deal that includes Houston outfielder Hunter Pence.

There's already been talk within Philly about which big three is better: the cornerback trio of Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or the Phillies big three of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

The Phillies are sending their top hitting prospect Jonathan Singleton, top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, pitcher Josh Zied and a player to be named later, for Pence.

Cash was also given to Philadelphia to keep them under the luxury tax, according to reports.

The 28-year-old is expected to play right field for the Phillies. He entered Friday hitting .309 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI. He's a two-time All-Star.

He has a very strong throwing arm in right field. He's currently tied for sixth in outfield assists with nine.

There are some question marks about his strike-out rate of 20 percent. He's never hit more than 25 home runs, although he's hit exactly 25 in three of his five years with Houston. He's also never had more than 91 RBI.

So did the Phillies overpay? I want to get your opinions in the comments section below.

Now here's the counter-argument.

The Phillies finally landed their right-handed bat and they have Pence locked up until 2013.

He's a line-drive, career .290 hitter who hustles and runs the bases well.

They didn't part with Vance Worley or Domonic Brown.

This allows Brown to move over to left field after Raul Ibanez departs after the season.

Pence never got to hit behind a slugger like Ryan Howard in Houston. We'll see if he gets more pitches to hit because, like I mentioned earlier, he's a free swinger. Will he become more patient?

It's why Jayson Werth always flourished hitting behind the big bear. Werth is an extremely patient hitter who took a lot of pitches.

The best team in baseball just got better.


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