Hunter Pence Trade: Is Ed Wade Still Working for the Philadelphia Phillies?

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIJuly 30, 2011

Hunter Pence Trade: Is Ed Wade Still Working for the Philadelphia Phillies?

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    The Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros have pulled off another blockbuster trade. This is now the third trade in the last fours years between the two clubs.

    Ed Wade, the former GM of the Phils, and current Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. seem to have a little chemistry going.

    But doesn't this trade seem a little bit one-sided.....again?

    Let's take a look back at the recent trades between the clubs and see what the present results are. The findings will lead one to believe that Ed Wade may in fact be the GMs' of two MLB teams—or maybe he still feels bad for screwing up the Phillies during his reign in Philadelphia.

The Brad Lidge Trade, Winter 2007

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    Houston received: Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary, Mike Costanzo

    Philadelphia received: Brad Lidge, Eric Bruntlett

    I don't care how many balls Brade Lidge gave up over the railroad tracks in left field. The fact is that the closer brought a world championship to Philadelphia. It was its first since 1980 for the Phillies and the first for the city since 1983.

    Mike Costanzo is still somewhere in the minor leagues with a career .258 batting average and Geoff Geary has not pitched since 2009.

    Michael Bourn has been a starter ever since the trade, but has not lived up to the hype that the Phillies surrounded him with.

The Roy Oswalt Trade, Summer 2010

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    Houston received: J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose, Jonathan Villar

    Philadelphia received: Roy Oswalt, $11 million

    Some Phillies fans were sad, and also hesitant to see J.A. Happ leave the team after his stellar rookie campaign. Happ was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in his first full season in Philly. However, like most pitchers entering their sophomore season, Happ was figured out by most major league hitters.

    Happ is now having the worst year of his career by far. He is 4-12 with an ERA over six.

    Roy Oswalt worked wonders for his new club in 2010. After the trade, he went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

    2011 started out just as good for the 33-year-old, but back problems may be catching up with him. Regardless, it is clear that the Phillies gave up not too much to get the Astros ace.

Hunter Pence Comes to Philly, Summer 2011

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    Houston received: Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid, player to be named

    Philadelphia received: Hunter Pence, $2 million

    At first glance, this looks like a lopsided trade in the favor of the Phillies...and it is. Yes, the Phillies gave up two of their top prospects, but that is what they are..."prospects."

    The Phillies gave up potential big leaguers for a present day All-Star who is under their control for the next three seasons.

    They filled a huge void in RF and in the middle of their lineup. Pence's work ethic and hustle will fit right in with Philadelphia's style of play.

Assumptions

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    Maybe Ed Wade was given a World Series ring in 2008, so he's trying to go after a second one in 2011.

    All joking aside, from the present day standpoint, it seems the Phillies have gotten away with murder on all three trades between the two clubs.

    The Phillies are in a "win-now" mode and the Astros are in a "let's wait and see" type of limbo mode. Hopefully, the young prospects do turn into something good for Ed Wade and the organization, but for now, he just made his former team that much better.