Busy night in Philadelphia sports – three hours after the Eagles swooped in and nabbed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency, the Phillies made a significant move themselves – they traded prospects Jonathan Singleton, Jarred Cosart and two players to be named later for Houston’s best (only?) player, outfielder Hunter Pence.
Did the Phillies pull the trigger because the Giants just grabbed Carlos Beltran? The teams seem destined for another collision in the NLCS, and to not make a move might have looked bad for Philadelphia. The fact that the Phillies didn’t part with prized prospect Domonic Brown – currently struggling in the majors – is rather impressive. Pence, who is 9th in the NL in hitting (.309), probably goes into the outfield and Brown moves to the bench.
Baseball America rates Singleton (19 years old, could have been viewed as the heir apparent to Ryan Howard at 1st) as the 39th best prospect in the minors. Cosart, a 20-year-old righty, is ranked 70th.
The Astros, who are the worst team in baseball, also have the distinction of having the worst farm system in the sport (you could see this coming back in March).
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