On this trade deadline the Philadelphia Phillies have been busy making moves. Some may call them good. Others may call them bad. They got rid of two of their best outfielders, one of who we acquired last year at the trade deadline.
Shane Victorino is going to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return the Phillies are getting relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and starting pitcher prospect Ethan Martin. It was also said they will be getting a player to be named later and cash. This ends a eight year run for Victorino in Philly, a fan favorite. As a Phillie he had 88 home runs and 390 RBI. He also is a golden glove winner and a two tome all-star. This is a big loss for the Phillies. He will be missed.
It has also been reported that Hunter Pence is being traded to the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies picked up Pence for the use of a strong right handed bat. Why they would get rid of two outfielders is a question to be answered. In return for Hunter the Phillies will be getting outfielder Nate Schierhotlz and two prospects catcher Tommy Joseph, who is the Giants number two prospect, and pitcher Seth Rosin. Hunter Pence was supposed by the trade. This season he was batting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI. Even though we only had Hunter this season he brought great character to the team. He will be missed as well.
The trade deadline isn’t over until 4 pm. Will the Phillies do anything else? They are already a new team. Hopefully they did the right thing and won’t regret it in the future.