Giants Acquire Hunter Pence

The Giants have to have bolstered their lineup with an All-Star caliber outfielder for the second consecutive summer.  They acquired right fielder Hunter Pence from the Phillies for right fielder Nate Schierholtz, minor league reliever Seth Rosin and, minor league catcher/first baseman Tommy Joseph the Phillies announced.

Hunter Pence - Phillies (PW)

Pence, 29, is hitting .271/.336/.447 in 440 plate appearances for the Phillies this year.  He's under team control for 2013, though his salary could exceed $14MM.  He'll boost a Giants lineup that ranks 11th in the NL with four runs scored per game.  GM Brian Sabean snagged one of the best bats on the trade market last summer as well with Carlos Beltran, but Pence is more than a rental.  

Pence joined the Phillies one year ago in a trade with the Astros, but amidst a disappointing season GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is cleaning house.  Less than an hour ago, the Dodgers acquired another member of the Phillies' outfield in Shane Victorino. Los Angeles also acquired Hanley Ramirez and Brandon League, creating pressure for their NL West rivals.

Schierholtz, 28, appears to have requested a trade after seeing his playing time diminish. T he left-handed hitter has a .257/.327/.429 batting line in 196 plate appearances this year and a .270/.319/.412 line in his six-year career.  He's earning $1.3MM this year and can be retained through 2014 via the arbitration process.

Rosin, a 23-year-old right-hander, stand 6'6".  He has a 4.31 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 56 1/3 innings at Class A so far this year.  The 2010 fourth round pick has struck out three times as many batters as he has walked in the minor leagues.

Joseph, 21, is hitting .260/.313/.391 in 335 Double-A plate appearances this year.  Baseball America wrote before the season that the 2009 second-rounder should be able to stay at catcher.

Jon Heyman first reported the trade today.  Two days ago, Dennis O'Donnell of KPIX was first to report that the Giants had a deal in place for Pence involving Joseph.  Todd Zolecki first reported that Rosin was in the trade.  Danny Knobler confirmed Joseph's role in the trade.


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193 Comments on "Giants Acquire Hunter Pence"


Alex Nelson
3 years 27 days ago

:( I wanted the Dodgers to get him instead…

Tyler Sekula
3 years 27 days ago

No space for him now.

Alex Nelson
3 years 27 days ago

good point hopefully they get a good pitcher today.. maybe cliff lee or demp?

Tyler Sekula
3 years 27 days ago

Dempster very likely, I highly doubt Cliff Lee is traded today.

Alex Nelson
3 years 27 days ago

Morneau?

Tyler Sekula
3 years 27 days ago

Nothing on Morneau…they said they were out of the running for him yesterday but things could change.

3 years 27 days ago

lee wont go to la demoster will

3 years 27 days ago

Then you make room

erm016
3 years 27 days ago

I’m sure they overpaid, hopefully for their sake he picks up his season. Or else it’s just like Beltran.

JoeyDAndre
3 years 27 days ago

U know what they gave up lol?

gradylittle
3 years 27 days ago

Phillies are the top sellers right now. I just wish the Red Sox would/could do the same.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 27 days ago

You shoulda taken Pedro out

Dodgersarelife
3 years 27 days ago

He will have trouble hitting home runs in AT&T and will be a defensive nightmare in RF there in that park.

Ace
3 years 27 days ago

He will be a doubles machine in that park and has a cannon as well.

nepp
3 years 27 days ago

And sometimes he even hits what he’s aiming at. Pence is a mediocre to poor defender.

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

Nice move for the Giants, but I guess we’ll have to see what they gave up. I’d feel good about this as a counter to LA’s moves if I’m a Giants fan, at any rate. I wonder what other Phillies we’re going to see go, if any? The more the better, probably.

Dodgersarelife
3 years 27 days ago

This is far from a counter in my opinion, their bullpen is in shambles.

JoeyDAndre
3 years 27 days ago

Lol a couple bad games from our relievers after 2 and a half yrs of dominance lol ya man shambles

vtadave
3 years 27 days ago

A couple? Casilla hasn’t been good for a month.

Karkat
3 years 27 days ago

They still should trade for a reliever, but offensively this is a good counter (provided it indeed goes through)

burnboll
3 years 27 days ago

Now we’re getting somewhere! Phillies needs to move Cliff Lee at the very least as well.
Perhaps there’s a chance Phillies will have a club that can contend in 2014 already.
Ideally, Polanco and Blanton will be gone as well.

Matt
3 years 27 days ago

I don’t agree with Lee, but Polanco and Blanton yes. I’ve been waiting for them to go, we’ve had a problem at 3rd base ever since Rolen left.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 27 days ago

Next big move= Diamondbacks?

3 years 27 days ago

I don’t think Upton would be involved though

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 27 days ago

I don’t either but im interested to see who this big name ace that Towers is going after is

LayerCake
3 years 27 days ago

Well today will be fun

3 years 27 days ago

Philly Phiresale

selw0nk
3 years 27 days ago

Giant’s aren’t going anywhere! Lol

NYBravosFan10
3 years 27 days ago

and neither is your grammar. J/k, i hate people who troll that. But seriously, I disagree. The Giants have a good team and could very well win that division IMO

3 years 27 days ago

Agree c/c the trolling “I’m on the internet and can speak in wild absoluteness for a reaction”

Guest
3 years 27 days ago

traded 2/3 of the starting OF in 30 minutes. i think RAJ still has two more deals in him prior to the deadline.

FS54
3 years 27 days ago

don’t trade Lee just yet. Have danny homer off of him couple more times and then he can go to any AL club of his liking.

Tyler Sekula
3 years 27 days ago

Not done deal yet.

randyfastman
3 years 27 days ago

Better see Gary Brown heading to Philly!

Sky14
3 years 27 days ago

As a Twins fan I wish we would have a fire sale like this. Nice to see some teams are delusional about their chances at contention.

Tony Potter
3 years 27 days ago

Twins don’t need to completely rebuild. They just need a couple of starters, Diamond, De Vries and Deduno are doing fine. Walters can pitch if healthy and Hendricks has potential if he can ever figure a way to get out big league hitting. However, Morneau and Span could go if the price is right. They both have replacements in Parmelee and Revere waiting. And the Twins have good depth at OF in the minor via Benson, Arcia and Hicks. Plus they just drafter Buxton number 2 overall…who is a couple years away though. I just hope they don’t deal Willingham, Perk or Burton. Josh’s bat has been unreal, he is one HR away from tieing his career best and still 2 months left in the season. And Burton & Perk are holding down the fort of a much improved bullpen compared to last year.

USDbiz
3 years 27 days ago

Giants needed to make this move. Given how little the Dodgers gave up for Victorino, I doubt SF had to give up Brown.

Glenn O'Brien
3 years 27 days ago

No Brown in the deal from what I’ve heard

Ron Opher
3 years 27 days ago

totally different story with one more year of Pence control. Phillies should have done better (or just held onto Pence) if Joseph is indeed cornerstone of deal.

3 years 27 days ago

You can spend millions of dollars to buy allstars…but it takes a coach to make a team. Charlie Manuel has failed at that this year with all the talent the Phillies have regardless of the injuries they’ve been terrible since Utley and Howard have been back.

bergeraj
3 years 27 days ago

I dont know if Charlie failed hes actually a decent motivator its his in game moves that worry me. But you have to take into account hes used to this team motivating itself and with all the injuries that didnt work. I do call for Sandberg next year!

Matt Gilligo
3 years 27 days ago

If Sandberg was really that great, why hasn’t another major league team given him an opportunity? Charlie did the best job that he could do this season. Removing the 3 & 4 bats out of any lineup and losing an ace for two months, is enough for any team to fall in last place.

thatonephillyfan
3 years 27 days ago

:(

Matt Gilligo
3 years 27 days ago

Well, what are the Phils getting in return?

mistgl
3 years 27 days ago

My guess? Nate, Joseph, Blackburn and Hembree as a PTBNL

3 years 27 days ago

that’s a bit heavy… i’m going with tommy joseph and maybe PTBNL

3 years 27 days ago

Joseph & Sheirhotlz, that is all

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 27 days ago

Really sucks to see these guys go. Off the field, it seems like they’re both stand up guys who really loved playing in Philadelphia and wanted to stay. Really has to be done and wish both Pence, Victorino, and whomever else goes the best.

burnboll
3 years 27 days ago

Totally disagree. Phillies got the best out of Shane, and Pence was traded while he still was a valuable trade chip.
Good move.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 27 days ago

I didn’t say it was a bad move, I said it sucks. Nobody likes to have a firesale.

East Coast Bias
3 years 27 days ago

Meet the Marlins.

LazerTown
3 years 27 days ago

firesales are fun unless it’s your team. They aren’t bad assuming the return is decent. Is good way to get prospects, I would rather my team have a firesale and rebuild than be uncompeting.

Shocktroop
3 years 27 days ago

victorino was anything but a stand up guy. dude was a complete self centered jerk in person

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 27 days ago

He’s the first one in the clubhouse after every loss when guys like Chase Utley hide in the clubhouse. He’s a little whiny (or comes across that way, I should say) but he always holds himself accountable and has done wonders in the community.

What did he not give you an autograph or something?

tr2008
3 years 27 days ago

dead and utterly wrong. My brother in laws nephew was 10 when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Shane would call him after games, visit him in the hospital, and send gifts. get a clue, bud. you have absolutely ZERO idea what you are talking about. .

3 years 27 days ago

Shane gave a million dollars to the Boys and Girls Club last September and a lot more before that. He is one of the top five most charitable people in the majors according to one article I read. Google his name and donation/charity/ time spent with helping kids before you comment.

Ron Opher
3 years 27 days ago

He may be a clueless ballplayer, but he is a selfless person. You are way off base with your comment. He signs plenty of autographs too, under the right circumstances.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 27 days ago

This has been a crazy deadline. All of the rumors seem to be coming true.