And the counter move has been made.
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a deal this morning that will send Hunter Pence to the orange and black in exchange for minor league catcher Tommy Joseph, minor league pitcher Seth Rosen and reserve outfielder Nate Schierholtz.
Pence currently holds a .271/.336/.447 line with a .339 wOBA. 17 HR, 10 of those outside of Citizen’s Bank Ballpark (thanks to our own Stuart for the line).
The 29 year old outfielder will be under team control next season in his final year of arbitration eligibility and should stand to make a similar amount of money in 2013, give or take in the $12-15 million dollar range.
Philadelphia acquired Pence during last years trade deadline, giving up two high level prospects in Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton, but his under performing numbers paired with a hefty salary and a struggling team forced the Phillies to sell at a discount.
Pence holds a career line of .329/.366/.566/.932 with 5 HR in 20 career games at AT&T Park, an impressive feat given those numbers are against years of tough Giant pitching staffs.
Joseph, who will be going to Philadelphia in the deal, was rated as the #2 prospect in the Giants’ system at season start (too high of a ranking, IMO – speaks to more of the system than Tommy though) but was blocked by both Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez.
Rosen isn’t considered anything near a “top” prospect and may struggle to ever make the big show.