In the trade, they received outfielder Nate Schierholtz, Double-A catcher Tommy Joseph, and Class A pitcher Seth Rosin. Schierholtz, who is batting .257 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 175 at bats this season, will likely see time in right field, although the Phillies also recalled prospect Domonic Brown from Triple-A to play for the last two months of the season.
Joseph immediately becomes one of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. The 21-year old catcher is batting .260 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 80 games this season. It’s unclear whether Joseph will head to Double-A or Triple-A. The Phillies already have promising prospect Sebastian Valle in Double-A, who was already being regarded by some as the catcher of the future.
In Rosin, the Phillies receive a 23-year old right handed reliever with a 2-1 record, a 4.31 earned run average, and 68 strikeouts in 56.1 innings in Class A ball.
With Pence, the Giants will receive a 29-year old two-time All-Star who is batting .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs this season. His batting average is significantly lower than his two-month stint with the Phillies last year, when he hit .324, and it was apparent that he struggled without sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in the lineup.
Pence called the deal a “big surprise”, according to Leslie Gudel of CSNPhilly.
The deal had originally been reported two nights ago, but it was never confirmed. The addition of Pence will help the Giants, who are tied with the Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
The move will save the Phillies more than $14 on Pence’s contract for 2013.
The remainder of the season will likely see the Phillies using Juan Pierre, John Mayberry Jr, and Domonic Brown as the starting outfielders, with Schierholtz contributing some.
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