Domonic Brown has impressed since returning from the disabled and was on fire during his rehab assignment earlier in the month. Is it enough to convince the Phillies to open up right field?
Beerleaguer: It's easier said than done to get rid of a player, especially someone the likes of Hunter Pence, who has reportedly garnered interest from teams in need of a non-rental bat. If they trade Pence and lose Shane Victorino to free agency, the Phils would need to rebuild their entire outfield for 2013, a point Jayson Stark of ESPN made earlier today. In Pence, you take the good with the bad, and despite the wild swings and erratic fielding, you know what you're getting. He's hitting .277/.344/.470 with 17 homers, 57 RBIs, which is right in line with his career average (2011 being an outlier, especially after the trade to Philadelphia).
Whether they move Pence depends a lot on how they feel about Brown, who homered Thursday to extend his hitting streak to four games since coming off the disabled list (7-for-16, .438). Before his injury, and during his first IronPigs audition in center field, he was showing signs of improvement, a short stretch that included four homers.