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Hunter Pence traded to San Francisco Giants
The dismantling of the Phillies' outfield continues.
The Phillies dealt right fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, trading away their second outfielder in a matter of hours. Shane Victorino was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the day.
Philadelphia acquired Pence on July 29, 2011 from the Houston Astros for four minor leaguers and Pence was an instant spark after the trade, hitting .324 with 11 home runs. But his production has fallen off this season with a .271 average, .336 on-base percentage and .447 slugging percentage. He has 17 home runs.
Pence has historically hit well at AT&T Park, putting up a .329 average and five home runs in 76 career at-bats.
The Phillies get three players back in the trade. Catcher Tommy Joseph, 20, is hitting .260 with eight home runs in Double-A this season. A power-hitting backstop, Joseph has 46 home runs and 71 doubles in 324 minor league games. Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz, who recently requested a trade, is also heading to Philly. Schierholtz, 28, is hitting .257 amid decreased playing time. Right-hander Seth Rosin, a 23-year-old reliever, is the third piece in the deal.
Pence is earning $10.4 million this season and is eligible for arbitration for the last time in 2013.