Phillies: Three outfielders they could acquire at the trade deadline
Would the Phillies entertain reuniting with Hunter Pence?
Hunter Pence, fresh off of being DFA’d by the Giants, is another outfielder worth looking at.
Pence had his major league debut on April 28, 2007 for the Houston Astros. He was with them from 2007-2011 when he was traded to the Phillies. He had a solid stint with the Phillies, but was eventually traded at the trade deadline to the Giants almost a year later.
Hunter played with the Giants from 2012-2018. In 2019, he signed with the Texas Rangers but it was a minor league contract and he was invited to spring training. He did make the opening day roster with the Rangers.
This year, Pence re-signed with the Giants but after a not-so-pleasant start to this short season, was designated for assignment and then released.
On his career so far, Hunter Pence has an average of .279, has hit 244 home runs, 942 RBI and has an on-base percentage of .334 with 120 stolen bases.
As far as his awards go, Pence has received many. He was named the Astros rookie of the year in 2007, Astros MVP in 2010 and 2011, received the Giants Willie McCovey award in 2013, has been the NL player of the week four times, AL All-Star in 2019, NL All-Star in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and has been a World Series Champion twice with the Giants in 2012 and 2014.
Despite the fact that he is 37-years old and looking past his start to the 2020 season, he has more baseball left in him. Maybe a return to the Phillies is what he needs.
Could the Phillies pick up one of these outfielders before or at the trade deadline? We’ll just have to wait and see.