According to a source, the Phillies and Houston Astros have discussed a trade involving OF Hunter Pence. The Phillies, who are looking for a right handed bat to balance their lineup, have contacted the Astros and the teams have exchanged names. The Astros would be willing to make a trade but the Phillies would have to part ways with a package that includes Jonathan Singleton (Single-A Clearwater), John Mayberry (MLB), Jarred Cosart (Single-A Clearwater), and/or Justin De Fratus (Triple-A Lehigh Valley). The Astros have also asked for Michael Stutes but it is highly unlikely that the Phillies would part ways with the right hander. The Phillies would like to make the deal but they are leaning towards not trading away Jonathan Singleton.
ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Phillies would prefer Vance Worley to be the centerpiece of any trade that would land Hunter Pence.
More as it becomes available…