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No doubt, this was the blockbuster for both of these teams. The Phillies received Pence along with $2 million, and Houston received High-A standouts Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton along with AA pitcher Josh Zeid and a player to be named later, who turned out to be outfielder Domingo Santana.
Honestly, I think that Wade could have done a little more with this deal, but I also think that he did a great job. Right up until the end, the rumors were flying that the Phillies might have to include up to four top prospects in this deal. Maybe Wade should have pushed a little bit harder on this one, but none of us really knows the inside story about how negotiations were happening.
Cosart and Singleton are both potentially future stars, but who knows how far they will develop? They are still very young, but according to Keith Law of ESPN, they are both in the top 25 prospects in all of baseball. Obviously, there's a lot of talent there.
Wade got two very solid prospects who have a ton of potential. He received a pitcher who has been doing better since he moved to the bullpen as well as a young outfielder who may very well have a lot of upside.
He gave up an All-Star, which is never popular, but when it comes down to it, Pence cannot carry all of the Astros by himself. By building a solid farm system, hopefully a whole crop of young players will come through at the same time and create a solid unit. Building the farm system is the right move for right now.
I think that both teams made a good trade considering what they want to be this season.