Phire Sale: Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton Traded To Dodgers, Hunter Pence Traded To Giants

Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton have officially been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers while Hunter Pence is reportedly being dealt to the San Francisco Giants.

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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Hunter Pence Speaks After Being Traded To Giants

Hunter Pence is no longer a part of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, as he was dealt Tuesday to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for catching prospect Tommy Joseph and outfielder Nate Schierholtz. The news didn't come as much of a shock to most, as trade rumors involving Pence have been swirling for days. The news, however, was a bit of a surprise to Pence who spoke to CSNPhilly.com after the trade become official.

"I am surprised," said Pence. "Talking to Reuben, you understand the circumstance. And, I have nothing but great memories here in Philly. I am nothing but grateful for the opportunity to play."

"Overall, it was a great experience."

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Hunter Pence Traded To Giants, Phillies Receive Prospect Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz, Seth Rosin

For the second time before Tuesday's MLB non-waiver trade deadline, the Philadelphia Phillies have parted ways with an outfielder. This time, it's Hunter Pence who's headed to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for catching prospect Tommy Joseph, outfielder Nate Schierholtz and minor-league pitching project Seth Rosin, reports Dan Gelston of the Associated Press.

The deal ends Pence's 154-game tenure with the Phillies, who last season acquired the outfielder from the Houston Astros. In his short time in Philly (almost one full season), Pence hit .289 at the plate with 28 home runs and 94 RBI.

In exchange for Pence, the Phillies received Joseph, 21, the Giants second-round selection in the 2009 MLB Draft. This season, Joseph has played well for Double-A Richmond and made an impact in the MLB's Future's Game during the All-Star break.

Meanwhile, Schierholtz leaves the bay area for the first time in his six-year career, while Rothin, 23, is a minor-league prospect.

Earlier in the day, Philadelphia traded veteran outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a pair of pitching prospects.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies, Orioles Talking Joe Blanton

The MLB trade deadline strategy for the Philadelphia Phillies is becoming clear -- sell. So far, the Phillies have dealt outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers, are working on sending Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants and now are rumored to be trying to work out a trade involving their pitcher Joe Blanton, who could be shipped to the Baltimore Orioles.

Elsewhere, a deal that would send starter Joe Blanton to the Orioles is still possible, but two hurdles remain. There's the remainder of Blanton's salary that needs to be picked up -- $2.9 million -- and the level of prospects the Phils will receive in return.

If Blanton does go to the Orioles prior to the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline (4 p.m. ET) it seems a lot of issues will need to be solved before then.

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Shane Victorino Traded To Dodgers, Phillies Acquire Pitchers Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin

Its finally official, outfielder Shane Victorino is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, as the veteran has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown is reporting. In return, the Phillies will receive pitchers Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin, a player to be named later or cash from Los Angeles.

The trade ends one of the longest tenures among current Philly players, as Victorino spent about eight seasons in a Phillies uniform. Victorino was a two-time MLB All-Star with the Phillies and help the organization reach the World Series twice. It is not yet known if Victorino will be in a Dodgers uniform for their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks (10:10 p.m. ET).

Meanwhile, the Phillies acquire Lindblom, a 25-year-old who made his major league debut in June and has been mainly used out of the bullpen, and Martin, who was the Dodgers' first-round selection in '08 and is still in the minor-league system.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies, Dodgers Close On Shane Victorino Deal -- Report

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is close, and the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to be major sellers in the intense action which ends at 4 p.m. ET. One of the pieces that could be leaving Philly Tuesday is veteran outfielder Shane Victorino, who's close to being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN.com's Jason Stark is reporting via Twitter.

The deal, says Stark, could involve the Phillies trading away Victorino to the Dodgers' for pitcher Josh Lindblom and another player.

Lindblom, 25, made his major league debut in June and has been mainly used out of the bullpen. In 2008, the righty was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round.

Meanwhile, Victorino has struggled this season at the plate and has some clubhouse issues.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Shane Victorino 100 383 44 98 17 5 8 39 35 48 23 3 .256 .320 .389

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MLB Trade Rumors: Phillies, Giants Talking Hunter Pence -- Report

The Philadelphia Phillies have decisions to make before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, and though most trade rumors involve ace Cliff Lee the likely chip to be shipped out of Philly could be outfielder Hunter Pence. According to a report by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Phillies and San Francisco Giants could make a deal involving Pence happen soon.

While Giants people have denied a report from Sunday that there is a deal "in place" for Pence, and that appears to be the case, the Giants are in fact talking to the Phillies about Pence.

Money is one of the reasons Pence is finding himself on the trading block, says Heyman, even though the Giants have said they don't want to spend.

The Phillies have led Pence to believe he won't be traded, but it appears they are at least willing to listen. Pence is batting .268 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI this year and will make $13million to $15 million in arbitration next year.

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Cliff Lee Trade Rumors: Phillies-Rangers Deal Could Involve Prospect Mike Olt

As much as the Philadelphia Phillies don't want to admit pitcher Cliff Lee is on the trading block, the ace lefty is on the block. The latest evidence came Monday from ESPN.com's Buster Olney, who reported via Twitter that a source told him the Phillies and Texas Rangers are discussing deals.

According to Olney, if the Phillies do a deal it will probably want Rangers' third baseman prospect Mike Olt in return.

Olt, 23, is currently hitting .293, slugging . 593 with 27 home runs for Texas Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Rough Riders.

Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Jason Stark has reported another team extremely interested in Olt is the Miami Marlins, who are looking to trade their ace Josh Johnson.

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Cole Hamels Contract: Agent Says Phillies Probably Would Have Traded Client

The heat was on the Philadelphia Phillies organization to make a decision: sign lefty Cole Hamels to a long-term deal or ship him before the MLB's no-waiver. The decision was made Wednesday night when Hamels was made the highest paid player in franchise history, and according to his agent, John Boggs, if a deal wasn't done his client wasn't going to finish his career in Philly:

"The timing of the trade deadline is ultimately what made things happen,'' Boggs told USA TODAY Sports in the wee hours Wednesday morning. "The last three days, they made a very aggressive push on us. The Phillies had to address this, and address it now.

"I can only speculate, but I'm sure they would have had to trade him if we didn't reach a deal. There would have been teams lining up to get him.''

In the end, however, Hamels not only wanted to sign a six-year, $144 million contract but he also wanted to be in Philadelphia for the rest of his career.

"If he had turned this down,'' Boggs said, "I think it would have been obvious he didn't want to be a Phillie. But this is where he wanted to be. This is home.''

"You look at this, and where we started from,'' Boggs said, "it's been an amazing journey. It was a long haul and strange negotiations.

"This was like a farm toiling the soil, planting the seed, and finally reaping the harvest.''

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Cole Hamels Contract: Talks With Phillies Reach 'Sensitive' Stage -- Report

With the MLB trade deadline almost two weeks away, the Philadelphia Phillies are quickly trying to figure out their strategy with pitcher Cole Hamels. According to a report by ESPN.com Jerry Crasnick, the two sides took the weekend off when it came to talking about a possible long-term deal after nearing a "sensitive" stage in talks.

The sensitive level has heightened because of two aspects says Cransnick and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal: 1) Hamels is uncertain if he wants to test the free agent market, which would have viable suitors -- like possibly the St. Louis Cardinals (his wife is from Missouri says Cransnick) or Los Angeles Dodgers (Hamels is from San Diego) -- that could possibly pay more than $127.5 million over six years; 2) the MLB's non-waiver trade deadline which would allow the Phillies organization to at least get something in return from a would-be free agent.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. talks of re-tooling, competing in each of the next several seasons. Such a goal would be more difficult to fulfill without Hamels. But trading him — along with center fielder Shane Victorino and any other Phillies player who has value — also could benefit the organization long-term.

There's also a possibility, says Cransnick, that Hamels returns to Philadelphia even if the Phillies do trade him. This gives one an idea how much the lefty likes the organization.

But people close to Hamels said he was resigned to testing free agency until the Phillies put on a strong rush to re-sign him earlier this month, and part of him is intrigued by the thought of going on the open market and seeing what opportunities might await.

The MLB trade deadline is July 31.

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Shane Victorino Trade Rumors: Pirates Interested, But Waiting For Price To Drop

For the a little of two weeks now, trade rumors surrounding Philadelphia Phillies veteran outfielder Shane Victorino have been floating around. The veteran outfielder is having a down year in Philly, and has seemed very unhappy at times about his situation with the club.

The odds of Victorino moving before the MLB trade deadline seem likely, however, it may not happen unless the Philles drop their asking price for the struggling 31-year-old, says Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune.

In all, it does seem the Pirates, who currently sit just a 1/2-game back of the top of the National League Central Division standings, are the team most interested in Victorino, who would benefit from a change of scenery.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Shane Victorino 95 367 40 93 15 5 8 38 33 46 21 3 .253 .317 .387

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Cole Hamels Rumors: Phillies Offer Could Climb To $130 Million -- Report

The Philadelphia Phillies are close to offering making lefty pitcher Cole Hamels a rich man -- even richer than the initial reports of $120 million. According to CBSSports.com's baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Phils' are working on a six-year, $130 million initial offer to Hamels, which would be a bit more than what San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain signed for.

Cain signed a $112.5-million, five-year extension this spring on top of his $15-million 2012 salary, meaning the Giants had $127.5 million in commitments to him. With that in mind, Hamels' first offer from the Phillies might be for exactly $127.5 million. Or it could be for a bit more if they feel adjustments are needed based on their initial, unofficial talks with Hamels in the past couple of days. The figure is unlikely to be less.

Heyman says the Philles are currently very committed to keep Hamels, however, if a deal can't be worked out in a week or two, then the organization will look to try and trade the lefty at the trade deadline, July 31.

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Shane Victorino Trade Rumors: Yankees, Others Interested In Phillies Outfielder

Shane Victorino's tenure in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform may soon reach its end. According to CBS Sports' baseball inside Jon Heyman trade talks involving the outfielder have been taking place and one of those teams interested are the New York Yankees -- a team usually willing to wheel and deal near the trade deadline.

They've talked to the Phillies about Shane Victorino and the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton, but Upton is a major long shot for them and right now they see the price tag as too high on either. Victorino may be slightly more realistic eventually, though.

GM Brian Cashman said on Sunday asking prices are generally too high, and that the deals available weren't worth it to make "marginal'' improvements.

The Yankees do need an upgrade in the outfield, as left fielder Brett Gardner has been injured and his recovery has been hampered a few times. Currently, New York is using veteran Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in a platoon situation.

Also interested in Victorino, says FoxSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi, are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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