Phillies add system depth in two deals
July, 31, 2012
By Keith Law | ESPN.com
Howard Smith/US PresswireHunter Pence and Shane Victorino go from being NL East teammates to NL West rivals.The Philadelphia Phillies made two notable trades early Tuesday afternoon, sending Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Ethan Martin and Josh Lindblom, and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants for Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz and Seth Rosin.
Victorino helps the Dodgers primarily because of who he's replacing, as L.A.'s left fielders have hit a whopping .259/.329/.348 this season, while the replacements for Andre Ethier when he was on the DL were even worse. But Victorino isn't the player he was a year or two ago, as his bat speed has started to slow and his range in center has slipped. He could be worth an extra win to the Dodgers given how little they've gotten from left field this year.