Pence not only winner in trade to Phillies
July, 30, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
While one Houston Astros outfielder was leaving the team's Friday night game in Milwaukee early, another singled, walked and stole two bases. It's true that Hunter Pence and Jason Bourgeois were in the lineup for this latest loss, but only one of them ended the game that way. Pence is on his way to the Philadelphia Phillies, in a trade for four prospects fantasy owners won't need to worry about for at least two years, while Bourgeois should finally get some playing time security.
Bourgeois is hitting .370 in 119 at-bats this season, still not quite enough to convince everyone he's more than just a journeyman speedster who has been overachieving. However, anyone in need of stolen bases has to appreciate the 20 swipes in limited time. For perspective, 19 players have stolen 20 or more bases this season; only Bourgeois and Toronto Blue Jays fourth outfielder Rajai Davis have fewer than 300 at-bats (and Davis is at 297).
Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos via Getty ImagesJason Bourgeois will have more opportunity to produce now that Hunter Pence has left an opening in the Astros' outfield.