It's been the busiest day of the trade season so far. Here's what's happening and how it impacts the Phillies.
A pair of front office sources, unaffiliated to the Phillies or Astros, told Jayson Stark and ESPN that they believed the Phillies "had a deal for him (Hunter Pence)" earlier in the week, only to have Houston "back off." The deal, according to Stark's sources, was to include Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart. According to reports, the Astros are seeking a large haul for Pence, with more "sure things" added to the mix.
While Pence appears to be out, Stark's colleague, Buster Olney, tweeted that the Phils continue to look into White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. The Phils' renewed interest in Quentin was reported by USA Today yesterday. With Carlos Beltran off the board, several teams, including the rival Braves, could turn to Quentin or Oakland outfielder Josh Willingham. According to FoxSports, the Giants' tentative deal for Beltran includes top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler heading to New York.
Reader reaction to Quentin rumor: "I'd rather have Quentin than Pence. His price would be lower than Pence's. Sure, he's a bad fielder, but a bad corner OF will do less damage at CBP than just about any park in baseball. And the guy will end up with 30-35 HRs this season. I like him better than Ryan Ludwick. One caveat: He's a much better hitter vs. RHP. Career .857 OPS. He's under .800 vs. LHP." - clout
Tonight's Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P.