Ed Wade continues to build a winner in Philadelphia.
The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies completed a trade late Friday night that sends All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence to the Phils in exchange for a collection of minor-leaguers. For the Phillies, Pence represents the right-handed bat that many think is the final piece of the championship puzzle.
Ed Wade, of course, is the General Manager of the Houston Astros but also happens to be the former General Manager of the Phillies, and this marks the third time in five years that Wade has sent one of his stars to the Phils for prospects.
This deal promises to make the Phillies significantly better while ensuring that the Astros will be rebuilding for another year.
And the Phillies are grateful. If they win the World Series in 2011, Wade will need to be fitted for a ring.
Let's have a look at the deal and at the Phillies' new outfielder.