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08:17 AM ET 07.12 | Soon, the Phillies' clubhouse could look a whole lot different than it does today. Just as complicated [as the Cole Hamels situation], and perhaps more pertinent in the coming weeks, is Ruben Amaro Jr.'s outfield plight. The general manager's decisions could have wide-ranging effects on not only 2012, but well beyond. 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. ... [When Houston dealt Pence] to Philadelphia, the Astros received three quality prospects in return. His value would not be as high with one less year of control, but he might have the most of any Phillies trade chip -- even Hamels.

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July 12, 2012  08:35 AM ET

A Very Good Player!!!

July 12, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I can see trading Hamels- I'm very convinced the Phillies have no upper hand on signing him, regardless of where he finishes the season.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, shop Victorino- he contributes nothing to this team anymore except mediocre defense, horribly ugly swings at bad pitches, and pop/fly outs.

But if the organization truely believes this is just a rough year for a still very good team, Pence needs to stay. He's having troubles this year, but he's stil young, and decent, and VERY outspoken about how much he loves playing in Philly.

July 12, 2012  08:59 AM ET

If a team is looking for a hustler like Rose, and a good clubhouse man, and a player under contract Pence is your man.

July 12, 2012  09:41 AM ET

Player Likelihood of being dealt
Hamels 60%
Victorino 50%
Pence .0001%

July 12, 2012  09:50 AM ET

There are pictures of Pence widely available.

July 12, 2012  11:07 AM ET

Trading Pence would be a huge mistake for a team that needs offense...

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July 12, 2012  12:03 PM ET

.....biggest mistake for phjillies is to think this year is a fluke and all will be fine next spring training......should get rid of every player over 25, stock up, and start over....

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July 12, 2012  01:07 PM ET

Now you guys know what the Mets have been going through for the last few years. Get rid of all of the high-priced players, and work on player development in the minors. The Mets are successful this year because of their minor league system. Plain and simple.

July 12, 2012  01:15 PM ET

No one wants phillie trash....

July 12, 2012  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No one wants phillie trash....

Hey, wassup marble mouth?

July 12, 2012  02:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If a team is looking for a hustler like Rose, and a good clubhouse man, and a player under contract Pence is your man.

I disagree 100% with that.

From the outside, looking at his stats, Pence looks like a good ball player. He hits for avg. .300, some power 25 HRs, and 100RBIs with a solid OBP and OPS.

HOWEVER, it is very deceptive. I call it the Bobby Abreu effect. Player looks good on paper but doesn't translate into wins on the field. Pence's defense is atrocious in RF. I'm not talking about his range, I'm talking about reading fly balls and catching them on the run. He is also very goofy on the base path and is abysmal at hitting with runners on base.

Philly fans should gladly look to trade him, he is quite over rated.

July 12, 2012  02:16 PM ET

hammels for crawford and beckett...done and done

July 12, 2012  03:19 PM ET

I wouldn't mind getting Polanco back on the Tigers.

July 12, 2012  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

hammels for crawford and beckett...done and done

How about Hammels for Rickie Weeks?

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July 12, 2012  06:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

hammels for crawford and beckett...done and done

No, and no.

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July 12, 2012  07:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

There are pictures of Pence widely available.

Any where he's not pitching in the snow?

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