Well, the other shoe dropped and Hunter Pence was finally traded, and it turns out he's going to some familiar surroundings. Late Friday night, the Astros and Philadelphia Phillies agreed to send Hunter Pence to Philadelphia for four prospects, including two Top 50 guys in first baseman/left fielder Jonathan Singleton and right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart.
The Astros will also get two more players, but not very substantial pieces (read: relievers) and we'll probably know their names as the night progresses. That means the players will not be last year's draft picks, most likely.
Pence was pulled from Friday's game with the Brewers and was somewhat emotional as he told his teammates good bye. He's going to a Philadelphia team with a couple of former Astros that he played with in Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt. Pence will also provide an upgrade offensively over currentl Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown in the short-term.
It's the third big-time trade Ed Wade has done with Philadelphia, and this time, it centered on some very big name prospects. Both Cosart and Singleton are good gets, even if I'm a little more down on them than most people will be. What's your reaction? To me, this is by far better than either of the trades Wade made at last year's deadline, but I'm not sure it was enough for him to keep his job.