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08:12 AM ET 07.21 | This can be a dizzying time of the baseball year, and a Wednesday tweet mentioned the Astros' willingness to move Hunter Pence, possibly to the Braves. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, this is the season for rumors and speculation. Astros general manager Ed Wade has made it clear he'd be willing to entertain trade discussions with anybody and everybody. With teams such as Philadelphia and Atlanta coveting a righthanded-hitting outfielder and Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit seeking outfield upgrades in general, [Pence] is becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation.

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July 21, 2011  08:48 AM ET

That pic looks like something you'd see on his Topp's card. I got nothing else here ... Houston sux worse than my Cubbies; sad days these are man.

July 21, 2011  08:53 AM ET

I'd love to see Pence in Atlanta. Trade you a Heyward

July 21, 2011  08:55 AM ET

I would absolutely LOVE to see one of Ed Wade's trademarked "give it all to Philly cheap" trades this year, like the Oswalt trade last year.

July 21, 2011  08:55 AM ET

It's about fricking time they started trading people for hopefully some decent minor leaguers. I can't believe people in Houston think this guy is a franchise player. If he is your franchise player then your team sucks.......EXACTLY

July 21, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Pirates need a bat, but ownership is saying this time around they would rather spend money than give up players/prospects (We'll see about that). Beltran might be a better option if they are serious about winning now. Upcoming games against StL, Atl, and Phi wil tell.

July 21, 2011  09:55 AM ET

why is pence considered to be so valuable? he seems average to me.

July 21, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE:

Not a bad player, needs to eat a little bit, but looks good.

Do you want to sign him, or date him? I can't tell.

July 21, 2011  10:10 AM ET
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The Astros traded Keppinger, and got no good prospects on return. Not a single one.

Are you bragging about that "blockbuster" Keppinger deal? Well guess what. The Braves have Julio Lugo, so we're even.

July 21, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

why is pence considered to be so valuable? he seems average to me.

Yeah, I agree with you. I hope the Red Sox don't get him. He'll get an immediate spark by playing on a winning team and then fizzle out shortly thereafter. (See Bay, Jason)

July 21, 2011  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yeah, I agree with you. I hope the Red Sox don't get him. He'll get an immediate spark by playing on a winning team and then fizzle out shortly thereafter. (See Bay, Jason)

Bay didn't fizzle out with the Sox. He was great after the trade and then put up a monster year for the Sox. He started sucking when he left the beer league for adult sized ball parks in the NL East.

July 21, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

why is pence considered to be so valuable? he seems average to me.

.316 batting average (career .291) and 61 RBI's

July 21, 2011  11:00 AM ET

Brewers just lost Carlos Gomez for a bit. Pence could help.

July 21, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bay didn't fizzle out with the Sox. He was great after the trade and then put up a monster year for the Sox. He started sucking when he left the beer league for adult sized ball parks in the NL East.

His last year in Boston, his numbers went down in the second half. He hasn't been the same since before that all-star break. Theo made the right move in not re-signing him.

July 21, 2011  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

His last year in Boston, his numbers went down in the second half. He hasn't been the same since before that all-star break. Theo made the right move in not re-signing him.

False:

1st Half: .260/.380/.527/.908
2nd Half: . .277/.389/.550/.939

BTW: Theo just got outbid. Don't bring that weak **** in here again.

July 21, 2011  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

.316 batting average (career .291) and 61 RBI's

Pence is not pretty to watch, he's all gangly and funny looking. But, he generally hits close to .300, will get you 20-25 HRs, he plays a good rightfield and has a good arm. He's semi close to being called a 5 tool player. Watching him, you just aren't that impressed. But the stats don't lie.

July 21, 2011  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Pirates need a bat, but ownership is saying this time around they would rather spend money than give up players/prospects (We'll see about that). Beltran might be a better option if they are serious about winning now. Upcoming games against StL, Atl, and Phi wil tell.

Please no Beltran... I think the Mets will ask for way too much if said team doesn't pick up his salary option. Not to mention, he'll most likely bolt after the season's over to New York/Boston if he ended up in Pittsburgh. I think Pence is a much better option, simply because of the control they would have over him. I don't think the Buccos are in the position to be trading away a boat load of prospects for a rental, they still need to be working on their farm system. In a dream scenario, they'd be interested in one of Doumit, Snyer, or Overbay to sweeten the deal. Huntington needs to find the balance between winning now and how much he mortgages the future.

July 21, 2011  11:51 AM ET

not so good against lefties but kills righties

July 21, 2011  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Pence is not pretty to watch, he's all gangly and funny looking. But, he generally hits close to .300, will get you 20-25 HRs, he plays a good rightfield and has a good arm. He's semi close to being called a 5 tool player. Watching him, you just aren't that impressed. But the stats don't lie.

He may not be a power hitter like Pujols or an effortless natural like Josh Hamilton, but Pence is a solid player. I think his numbers would improve on a team with some protection from other good hitters around him in the lineup.

I disagree that he is bad to watch, he puts 100% into every play and is the kind of player little leaguers should watch to learn about leaving all your effort on the field.

July 21, 2011  12:43 PM ET

The Asbags will trade him to Phillies for damn near nothing. They are the Phillies farm team.

 
July 21, 2011  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

why is pence considered to be so valuable? he seems average to me.

Don't think. You are hurting the team.

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