Hunter Pence to the Phillies: 4 More Moves the SF Giants Could Counter With

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Hunter Pence to the Phillies: 4 More Moves the SF Giants Could Counter With
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The big bomb has been dropped on the MLB Trade Deadline season, as the Houston Astros traded slugger Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies for two standout prospects and two players to be named later.

Both teams are winners, as the Phillies get their powerful and all-around skilled player to take over right field from the platoon of Ben Francisco and John Mayberry.

The Astros boost their rebuilding process with 21-year-old pitcher Jerred Cosart, 19-year-old slugger Jonathan Singleton and Josh Zeid. The two other players have yet to be named, but the Phillies did not have to relinquish their top prospect in Dominic Brown, who failed to live up to top billing this season. 

Pence is batting .308 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI this season, immediately turning a solid Phillies lineup into a ferocious and intimidating one that has very few weak spots. Pence will probably bat either second or fifth in the lineup, getting on base for Chase Utley and Ryan Howard or providing protection. 

Now it is the Phillies' new rival for the National League title, the San Francisco Giants, leaders of the NL Western Division, to respond and make more impressive moves.

Bolstering their lineup with Carlos Beltran, previously of the New York Mets, is impressive but not enough to overtake a Phillies lineup with Pence fueling the already roaring fire. 

Here are four more moves the Giants can make to ensure they are the ones representing the National League in this year's Fall Classic. The winner of the pennant will not be decided for another two months, but the decisions made this weekend could push the Giants over the edge and onward to success. 

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