Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. and former Phillies GM and current Houston Astros GM Ed Wade have been making beautiful music together at the trade deadline for several years now—well, beautiful for the Phillies anyway.
A year ago at this time, the Fightins’ got pitching ace Roy Oswalt and now All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence is coming to the Phillies via the Amaro-Wade hotline. And don’t forget the 2007 trade that brought Brad Lidge to the Phils. You know, the one that led to Lidge's perfect season and the Phillies' 2008 World Series Championship.
While some might question whether Ed Wade is still working for his old team, no one can question that the Phillies acquisition of Hunter Pence makes them better.
But how much better? Will Pence be the answer to the Phillies' on-again, off-again offense? Will he provide the right-handed bat they've needed since Jayson Werth went to Washington? And will Ed Wade hand over anyone else before the Sunday deadline?
Don't know about that last one, but here are five reasons why Pence is the Phils' Final Piece.