July 29, 2011
At the time of this deal, it seemed like a steal and a great move to bring in a perennial All Star on an already contending team. Pence’s scrappy, awkward style of play was immediately embraced by the fans.
All together, Pence was an All Star and an impact player during his time. He hit .289 with 28 home runs and 94 RBI’s in parts of two seasons that amounted to one full season in a Phillies uniform.
Jarred Cosart, the key prospect in the deal, has not won a game since 2015 and he was an erratic starter for Houston and Miami before that. Singleton has had one productive season with the Astros organization in which he appeared in 95 games, with 44 RBIs, only hitting .168. Other than that however, he has spent the majority of hit time in the Minor Leagues.
Josh Zeid has pitched 48 innings for Houston out of the bullpen, but was been short of reliable and has been in the minors for the last three years. The short stints in the majors for these players does not match with the production Pence provided in his time here.