As most of you already know, the Phillies are on a trade-deadline quest once again. Last year was the acquisition of Roy Oswalt, this year Ruben is looking for a bat. Now with all that Carlos Beltran rumors swirling I’ll cut to the chase. The guy sucks, he had a good month of July, most players have good months. Everyone has been up on his jock since 2004, when he was most likely on steroids. He is old, injury prone, and worst of all, he’s a Met and I’ve hated him for years.
Last night, my Twitter feed was blowing up with reports that Astros’ Hunter Pence is on the market. Reports first indicated that the front runners for Pence were the Braves. This morning I woke up to find that Buster Olney reported: “The Phillies would prefer to structure any of their Hunter Pence offers around Vance Worley.”
Vance Worley has been a savior so far this season. His 6-1 record and his 2.02 ERA has certainly shown some great talent in the young righty. But is the Vanimal’s time in Philly running out? With the Phillies announcing any deal involving Pence may include Worley, I may be having second thoughts.
I really want Hunter Pence, the guy is a 6′ 4”, 210 lb right handed hitter who has so far this season been nothing but great or the ailing Astros. In 92 games this season, Pence is batting: .316, 11 HR, 61 RBIs, .361 OBP, .484 SLG, and has 24 doubles. I want this guy, he sure as hell can help the Phillies when they can’t score a run plus, the guy is fast and an amazing fielder. I personally do not think Vance Worley is worth trading, the kid has so much potential. JA Happ had the same pickle last year, he was one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Look at him now, 4-11, 5.88 ERA. That won’t stop me from releasing the Rec Spec’d Wonder to the arms of Ed Wade. When this kid came up last year, I knew he would be the future of the Phillies. We all know that Chase, Ryan, Jimmy, Polly, and the rest of the roster ain’t getting any younger. We are going to suck big time in a couple years and that’s the truth.
My stance on this matter won’t affect the overall decision but I want to say this. If Vance Worley is traded for Hunter Pence, I wish you the best of luck in the rest of your career Vance. You are a great pitcher.
Keep it real Ruben, don’t make a mistake.