Beerleaguers are mostly content with the Shane Victorino deal, but have raised their pitchforks and torches over the Hunter Pence 3-for-1 with the Phillies getting outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph and Single-A reliever Seth Rosin.
"The Pence trade in and of itself is nothing short of a disaster. The Phillies traded their best hitting and pitching prospects in 2011, Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart, along with another very talented prospect, Domingo Santana, for one decent prospect, catcher Tommy Joseph, and a year of Hunter Pence." - MG
What the Phils got: "I doubt the Phils asked for Schierholtz. I suspect the Giants insisted he had to be part of the deal. I'm no Schierholz fan, but he's a reasonable insurance policy in case Dom Brown in CF is a train wreck. As for Joseph, this trade leads me to believe the Phillies have turned sour on (top catching prospect) Sebastian Valle, who has been seen as 'catcher of the future' for about two years now. Joseph is a Valle clone: Vast numbers of strikeouts, few walks, 25-HR power and a great glove. His power numbers took a tumble in going from hitter-friendly Cal League to pitcher- friendly EL this season, but he's just 20, young for the league. Valle is 21. Also worth noting: Joseph has a 48% CS rate this season, which is spectacular. Valle's is 28%, in the same league. Seth Rosin is organizational filler." - clout