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Why Amaro, Jr.?
The Phillies GM knew that he had to get a bat. With the Phillies offense sorely underperforming this year, Ruben Amaro, Jr. went out and made the move he had to make: He acquired the best position player on the market, Houston's Hunter Pence.
The price was steep, but for a money- and talent-rich team like the Phillies, the cost was not too steep. In giving away top prospects Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton and Josh Zeid, the Phillies were able to bring back an immensely talented player with a favorable contract. Not too shabby.
The former Phillies GM (isn't that something?) knows that he is pretty much a lame duck, and that the Astros had to shed some payroll. But instead of trading Hunter Pence away for absolutely nothing, he got back a terrific haul of prospects. Cosart, Singleton and Zeid should all turn into terrific MLB players that will be able to help the 'Stros down the road.
Obviously, nothing is close to being good with the Astros. But with all of this transition in the organization, this trade was a very nice start. However, he loses points for a good-but-not-great haul for Michael Bourn.