It is 5:00pm EDT on July 31. That means the MLB trade deadline has come and gone and the Phillies did not let it go away without making some news.
General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.’s phone was ringing non-stop the last few days and it resulted in two big trades for the Philadelphia Phillies. The first to cross the wire sent outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league reliever Ethan Martin. The second deal completed involved another California team, the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies shipped outfielder Hunter Pence to the Giants for catching prospect Tommy Joseph, outfielder Nate Shierholtz and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin.
I love both of these trades as they just make sense. Victorino was demanding too much money for what he produces. He will get his money or close to the dollar amount that he is searching for this offseason, but the Phillies weren’t a team that was going to give it to him and they wanted something in return for a valuable piece like Shane. The Pence deal was just pretty much dumping salary. Pence was very valuable to the Phillies last season during their push for the World Series and that is why Amaro went out to acquire him last season, but this year he didn’t step up and produce the way the Phillies needed him to.
As far as what the Phillies received for these two outfielders, I considered it decent. In the Victorino deal the Phillies got a major league reliever in Lindblom who can be another arm in the bullpen. Lindblom is more of a middle innings or situational guy. He is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 appearances this season. Ethan Martin, was in double-A for the Dodgers. He was the 7th best prospect in the Dodgers farm system. He was drafted in the first round in 2008. Martin is currently a starting pitcher, but there have been talks to move him to the bullpen. He is only 23, so he is a little unpredictable yet.
In the Pence deal, catcher Tommy Joseph was the 55th overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He was ranked as the number five best prospect in the Giants system. Joseph was at the double-A level for the Giants this season where he was hitting .260 with eight homeruns. Nate Shierhotlz has been on the big league team for the Giants for the season and was the commodity that the Phillies wanted all along and that was the sticking point that held up this deal. Seth Rosin was in the single-A level in minors for San Francisco. Rosin was ranked as the 19th best prospect for the Giants. He started out as a starter, but has now moved to the bullpen.
I do not consider the Phillies losers as far as trades go. Obviously, they are 16 games out in the NL East so they are losers from a competition standpoint. The Phillies aren’t rebuilding, just transitioning and I like it.
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