PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13: Right fielder Hunter Pence #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks to the dugout during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
While much of the focus surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies has been on left-hander Cole Hamels, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the club’s outfield, which includes free agents-to-be Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino as well as Hunter Pence, could undergo an extreme makeover in the coming weeks.
Shane Victorino is a free agent. Hunter Pence has one year of arbitration remaining. Left field is manned by Juan Pierre, who signed a minor-league contract, and John Mayberry Jr., who has done little to dispel the notion that he is anything more than a platoon player.
Victorino’s name has been involved in trade rumors since it looked like the Phillies could become sellers this July. Hamels’ name has also been tossed around the rumor mill, and the southpaw figures to be a coveted piece if made available.
Still, Gelb believes that Pence, who is under team control through the 2013 season, may be the Phillies most valuable trade piece. He speculates the 29-year-old will make $15 million in his final year of arbitration and could fetch a major league-ready third baseman or outfielder if traded.
On the Hamels front, ESPN’s Buster Olney said this morning on Mike and Mike that the Phillies are likely preparing a final extension offer for their ace. If a negotiation isn’t reached, Olney believes Philadelphia will take to the phones to see what they can get for Hamels.
Which players should the Phillies trade this summer?