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In the last five years, the Phillies have landed behemoths such as Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Brad Lidge and the recently acquired Hunter Pence via trade. During that time, they've also sent away a plethora of prospects.
"I try to stay away from it (trade rumors) as much as I can," Pettibone said. "It’s kind of hard to, there’s so much talk going on in the clubhouse and stuff. The last few years the Phillies have been consistent and they’ve made one of those big deals the last few years."
"We knew it was going to happen, we just didn’t know when. Once it was getting closer and closer, everyone was pretty anxious to see what was going to happen."
He commented on losing teammates Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton.
"Cosart was my roommate," Pettibone said. "We signed during the same time back in '08. We were definitely close. We’ve progressed each level, each year together. He was one of my better friends, so it was tough seeing him leave. Especially the morning when he left the room, but I know he’s happy with what happened."
"I know he’s in a good spot, he’s home. He’s from Houston. Singleton actually went home, too. He’s from California and they (Astros) sent him to Lancaster. So they’re both really excited."
From a Threshers point of view, they're in the playoff hunt and losing those two key cogs hurt.
"It’s tough losing them this close to the end of the season," Pettibone said. "Cosart was one of our big arms and Singleton was our source of power. Overall, I’m happy for them and I think they’ll make the most of their opportunity."
Clearwater stands at 64-54 on the season, and 25-24 in the second half, 1.5 games back of Dunedin Blue Jays. The second-half division winner will take on the Daytona Cubs, the first-half winner in the postseason.
Pettibone has playoff experience during his stint in Lakewood last season. He tossed six no-hit innings and recorded a career-high nine punchouts in the series-clinching game that sent the Blue Claws to the South Atlantic League Championship Series.
As for Pettibone's new roommate, it's the recently promoted David Buchanan.