Shane Victorino, Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Dempster were all shipped off to new teams today, but the biggest deal of the day was completed between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.
In a surprising turn of events, the Phillies turned into sellers this July. Many pegged them as NL East favorites entering the season, but devastating injuries and poor performances by some of their veterans killed their chances.
The Giants, recognizing this, pursued outfielder Hunter Pence hard as the deadline neared. When all was said and done, the Giants agreed to send catching prospect Tommy Joseph, reliever Seth Rosin and outfielder Nate Schierholtz to Philadelphia in exchange for Pence.
Last season, the Giants made a deal for a big-name outfielder as well. Right before the deadline, the Giants and New York Mets agreed to a deal that sent top-prospect Zach Wheeler to the Mets for Carlos Beltran.
Unfortunately, that deal did not end up working out all that well for the Giants. They ultimately missed the postseason and lost out on keeping Beltran after the season.
Hopefully this deal ends much better. In the very least, Pence is under team control for next season. He is more than a rental and, if it goes well, the Giants could easily work out an extension with the unorthodox outfielder.
Entering play on Tuesday, the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied atop the NL West. While the Dodgers did acquire Victorino, the Giants made the bigger splash in getting Pence.
The Dodgers made a wide variety of moves this week, but Pence’s acquisition could be enough to propel the Giants to the postseason. With a team hungry for offense, Pence provides San Francisco with exactly what they need.