UPDATE 4: Deal is done. Phillies get Hunter Pence in trade with Astros for minor league prospects pitcher Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton and two players to be named later, said to be lesser prospects. Pence pulled from Astros game, getting hugs. Singleton pulled from game in Clearwater. Great job, Rube.
UPDATE 3: Rosenthal tweets that it’s just Cosart and Singleton, with two other Players To Be Named Later that won’t be major prospects. It’s a solid price but a good deal for a team like the Phillies that needs to win now.
UPDATE 2: Jon Morosi of FOX Sports now tweets the same thing, citing a source that a deal is close and that Cosart and Singleton are involved. Still no word from either on the status of Domonic Brown.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Phillies and Astros are close to a deal for Hunter Pence and that a trade could be finalized as soon as tonight. A subsequent tweet says top Phillies pitching prospect Jarred Cosart and top power prospect first baseman Jonathan Singleton will be included in deal.
Not to be outdone by the Eagles, the Phillies look to be closing in on a deal for Hunter Pence.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that discussion between the Phillies and Astros are progressing towards a deal for Pence, saying that the trade talks have come to a point where other teams will need to trump the Phillies with a superior package. He does say the Braves are currently making an attempt. No word on exactly what is on the table or if the Braves will offer up prized pitching prospect Mike Minor.
Speaking of Atlanta, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says the Braves still think they’re in the Pence business. It’s possible they could look to move Minor. Buster Olney of ESPN says the Braves are tyring to get creative in making a Pence offer. Crasnick says that the Braves have more higher level pitching to offer, which means a more immediate major league turnaround for the Astros. I mean, they must want to win at some point, right?
As long as the Phillies don’t have to give up Domonic Brown, they need to get Eagles-level aggressive and make this happen as soon as possible. Of course, with the Phillies scoring 8 runs and counting against Pittsburgh tonight, maybe Ruben will continue to play hard ball.
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