July 29, 2011: The Phillies acquired OF Hunter Pence and cash from the Houston Astros for 1B Jonathan Singleton, RHP Jarred Cosart, RHP Josh Zeid and a player to be named later.
(Impacts: Pence who has been one of the elite options in the OF this year will solidify the weak hitting Phillies offense. The Phils desperately needed an OF bat from the right side after losing out on Beltran earlier in the week. The Phils were hitting only .244 as team this year and Pence’s arrival can give the team a boost. I see Pence hitting behind Howard in the 5 hole and should get many more opportunities to drive in runs than he did in Houston from the 3 hole. Pence owners should be happy with the trade. The loser in the trade is Dominic Brown. His value has just bottomed out after an already poor showing this year. If you still own Brown drop him now, his value is nil.
I feel Houston will replace Pence with Double A standout JD Martinez. His slash line for 2 ½ years of minor league ball is .342BA .407OBP .551SLG .958OPS. He could go to LF with Carlos Lee back at 1B and Peter Bourgeois in RF. Monitor Martinez in very deep leagues and NL only leagues.)