We know the San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies, but the 29-year-old may of been the corner outfielder the Pittsburgh Pirates were desperately seeking before acquiring outfielder Travis Snider.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Phillies were asking the Pirates for a package centered around outfielder Starling Marte and right-handed reliever Brad Lincoln.
All the way up to July 30th, Philadelphia's asking price on Hunter Pence for Pirates was Starling Marte, Lincoln and more. Pretty pricey.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2012
Entering the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked Marte as Pittsburgh's No. 4 prospect. He was also rated as the team's best athlete, hitter for average and outfield arm in their system. The other key part of the deal, Brad Lincoln, has been excellent out of the bullpen this year. But as we know, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for corner outfielder Travis Snider, which now appears to be a consolation prize for Pittsburgh.