Jul 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EST
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.
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.
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- MLB rules committee decides to eliminate collisions at home plate 12
- Mariners sign Corey Hart to incentive-laden deal 25
- David Price would not consider an extension with the Mariners if he’s traded there 33
- Media paying for athlete interviews? Not likely. But watch this stuff closely anyway. 20
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- Report: Mariners willing to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million deal (143)
- Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran (125)
- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (113)
- Managers, GMs to meet today to discuss the abolition of home plate collisions (113)