Saturday, July 30, 2011

Baseball Trade Reactions: July 30, 2011

Another day, another trade. This time, the most talented player rumored to be available was dealt in Houston's Hunter Pence for four prospects including 1B John Singleton and RHP Jarred Cosart. Once regarded as the future of Houston's lineup, Pence will now join the likes of Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley in what was already a stacked lineup. Additionally, Pence will provide solid defense in either corner outfield spot and hustle while running the bases.

For the Astros, they received decent value for the struggling Pence. They did not get the crowned jewels of the Phillies system in OF Dominic Brown or RHP Vance Worley, but Singleton is still a solid prospect. The Astros should be open to trading anyone on the team, including pitcher Wandy Rodriguez if the price is right.

In an unrelated note, the Seattle Mariners activated LHP Erik Bedard from the DL and can now listen to trade offers for the oft-injured lefty. As usual, look for the Yankees to be active in the market for a left-handed pitcher. We are in the calm before the July 31st storm that is the MLB trade deadline. Enjoy.

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