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Hunter Pence takes a seat on Houston’s bench

Jul 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

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With trade rumors swirling, Hunter Pence is on the Astros bench on Wednesday night.  However, it’s not because he’s been dealt, says the Houston Chronicle’s Zachary Levine.

Pence, mired in a 7-for-40 skid since the All-Star break, was told Tuesday that he’d get tonight off.

Pence has just one extra-base hit and two RBI in 11 games since his All-Star appearance.  He had 17 doubles, eight homers and 43 RBI in 55 games during April and May, but he has just seven doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in 42 games since.

Still, Pence’s trade value remains sky-high.  The Astros reportedly backed out of a deal with the Phillies that might have included two top prospects in right-hander Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton.  The Braves could also redouble their efforts to land the right fielder after losing Brian McCann to the disabled list.

Then there are the Red Sox, who insist on testing the waters whenever an All-Star talent becomes available.

The Astros still appear unlikely to deal Pence, preferring instead to discuss starting pitchers Brett Myers and Wandy Rodriguez.  Still, given the dearth of talent in the organization, they’d be foolish to rule anything out.

  1. BG-BG-BG-BG! - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Still seems strange to leave him out of the lineup. Especially when he is the best player on your team.

    • hittfamily - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Someone who was supposed to be traded from the Royals last year was injured like a week before the deadline. I don’t remember who, but perhaps this is cautionary.

      • mcchef - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:42 PM

        Dejesus to Oakland?

  2. macjacmccoy - Jul 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    michael bourn

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      What about him?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Yeah, lets trade for another left handed hitting outfielder.

      • sasquash20 - Jul 27, 2011 at 7:58 PM

        Doesn’t he hit righty?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        Bats left, throws right.

  3. mojosmagic - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    If we keep Spence does that make the team better going forward? No. If we keep Spencer does his trade value get any higher.does the team suck with Spence? Yes. No. So why keep Hunter Spence? Because Dead head Ed is dumber then a box of rocks. True enough.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I’m not sure how much longer the Phillies can trot Brown out there in right field. He has to dramatically improve his defense. At this point he is hurting the team. It might be time to put Mayberry Jr. out there. He is a significant defense upgrade.

    • phillyphan975 - Jul 28, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      I agree…I think Mayberry has better raw talent and Mayberry has made some adjustment to become a decent player at the major league level.

      I DID agree with RAJ holding Brown and coveting his “potential” the past few years but now Brown has had time to play and we are starting to see what he is made of. Granted he is young, he can not help the team now. I do not know about you but this team is built to win now! So make the trade! He11, I will even throw in Worley simply because his stock is high but he will be nothing more than a 3rd or 4th in a solid rotation (teams can not figure him out yet because he hides the ball well, other than the one cutter he has, none of his stuff is mind blowing)….

  5. liquidgrammar - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    I agree, good Dr. Brown may be a talent down the line, but Hunter Pence is right now. We need a right handed bat, he might be the best option, he’s 28, the Phils control him for at least another year, and Brown is hurting you in the outfield and the lineup. I want a world series, not just the playoffs.

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