MLB Trade Deadline: Philadelphia Phillies Acquire Hunter Pence from Astros

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJuly 29, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  National League All-Star Hunter Pence #9 of the Houston Astros reacts during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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According to the Philadelphia Phillies website, they have just acquired All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence from Houston. A deal has not been announced yet.

Pence was pulled from a game in Milwaukee during the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Phils website says that they will be sending four prospects in return for Pence. Two of these players are Class A prospects Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart. Singleton is a first baseman, and Cosart is a pitcher. Cosart and Singleton are rated the 37 and 38 best prospects respectively in the MLB. They were also the top two in the Phillies farm system.

Cosart is a 21-year-old who has a very good fastball and solid curve as well. Singleton is 19 and has a career .287 average, with 25 home runs and 136 RBI in 227 games. The Phillies tried to have Singleton play outfield, but it didn't turn out well.

Hunter Pence is 28 years old, hitting .309 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI. He'll help a lineup that's been struggling against left-handed pitching this season.

Pence will most likely replace Domonic Brown over in right field and add some more power to the Phils lineup. The Phillies will be able to hold onto Pence for at least two more seasons after this, and he'll be making $6.9 million this season.

Now with their outfield completed, the Phillies will look to get back to the World Series after missing it last year. Pence should be a big part of the Philadelphia lineup.