For those of you on the Hunter Pence bandwagon, you might want to see if there are still seats available on the caravans for Carlos Quentin, Ryan Ludwick or B.J. Upton.
Jon Heyman tweeted Thursday morning that the Phillies "seem to have all but given up" on trading for Pence. Houston rejected the Phils' big offer, headlined by Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, and the Phillies apparently plan to take their business elsewhere. FWIW, Heyman thinks the Astros should have taken the offer. Regardless, the last team in on the Pence sweepstakes? The Braves, according to Heyman.
Meanwhile, there are at least four teams chasing Ludwick, and the Phillies and Braves are in that mix. Finally, Bob Nightengale chimed in with a tweet saying the Phils loved what they saw in their scouting of Quentin, but the White Sox won't move him as long as they're still in the race.
One last note: Tim Lincecum will start against the Phillies tonight after an illness pushed the Giants' ace back two days in a row.