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Less than two months after they picked George Springer from the University of Connecticut, the Astros sent Pence and cash to the Phillies on July 29, 2011, for Cosart, Singleton, Zeid and a player to be named, which ended up being [RF prospect Domingo] Santana. In spring training, a Phillies official admitted that Santana wasn’t actually supposed to be on the list that was given to the Astros to pick from to satisfy the final piece on Aug. 15, 2011.
Santana, a 6-foot-5, 224-pounder from the Dominican Republic, has usually been one of the youngest players at each minor-league level. He’s 21 now at OKC hitting .292 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and an .858 OPS over 58 games. It wouldn’t be surprising if he’s up in the majors this year.
The Pence trade may turn out terrible but it was just a classic win now trade. Pence raked for the Phils and helped lead them to 102 wins, easily best in the NL. They just lost early in the playoffs.
But really, the fact Amaro doesn't understand OBP is no surprise to me. It's been almost an anti-walk crusade since he took over.
Pence was specifically acquired to help them win in the playoffs, which is impossible because the playoffs are random.
#15 Sure, but any given upgrade only moves the dial so far.
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