The Philadelphia Phillies got the hitter they were looking for on Friday and fantasy baseball owners who own Hunter Pence just got a big boost in stats.
Pence hit .308 with 62 RBI in 100 games this year for the Astros. Manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that Pence will likely bat fifth, behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, in the Phillies’ lineup giving him more chances for RBIs then he ever received in Houston.
Hunter Pence won’t be a free agent until 2013, so Philadelphia received a more secure investment than San Francisco did when they traded for Carlos Beltran, who is set to become a free agent. Philadelphia gave up a little bit to get Pence but they solidified themselves as the team to beat in the NL race to the World Series with the trade.
In exchange for Pence, Philadelphia sent the Astros some top prospects, including first baseman Jonathan Singleton and pitcher Jarred Cosart, who were both at Class A Clearwater. They also get Double-A pitcher Josh Zeid, as well as a player to be named later, who will also be a minor leaguer. The Astros included cash ($1 million, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com), to cover part of Pence’s $6.9 million salary.
Hunter Pence played his first game for Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, July 30, against Pittsburgh.
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