Phillies do what it takes to get Pence, which appears to be Cosart, Singleton and two lesser prospects. It is a lot to give up for a player like Pence, but the urgency of the situation obviously played a part. It also should be taken into account that the Phillies were probably in the market for a right-handed corner outfielder of Pence’s ilk for the next few seasons anyway, so whether it was another trade or free agency at some point a move was going to have to be done.
Holding onto Dom Brown eliminates the possibility of immediate regret. Cosart and Singleton are at least a couple of years away. If the Phillies reach the pinnacle in that time, no one will dwell too much on what becomes of the prospects headed to Houston. I’d be more concerned about Singleton, who as I mentioned earlier is a high-ceiling guy who is young for his level. I think Cosart has been overrated and the Phillies have a few other young arms that could take his place.
The last night of the Phillies offense as we know it produced quite a bang, 10 runs through the first seven innings. Not a bad output against stingy Pittsburgh. But, starting as soon as tomorrow, the Phillies lineup will have a much different look. And by next week, the Phils will be running out something like:
Not too shabby. I give the Phillies credit for going that extra mile for the 3rd straight year now, and of course the deal also keeps Pence out of Atlanta. We probably won’t have a verdict on Pence until at least October and the prospects for years, but for now the already wild scene down at Citizen’s Bank Park gets another jolt of life and hopefully Pence can bring a little life and spark to the veteran clubhouse as well.
For more thoughts on Pence, scroll down a few posts.