July 28, 2011
It's looking like the Houston Astros could be keeping outfielder Hunter Pence(notes) deep in the heart of Texas. Sports Illustrated reports that the Philadelphia Phillies offered Astros GM Ed Wade (who once filled the same position in Philly) a package for Pence that included two of its best prospects, Single-A outfielder Jonathan Singleton and pitcher Jarred Cosart, as well as a third piece. The site also reports that the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves also tried to pry away Pence, but to no avail.
Houston reportedly said no to all three, leading SI to predict that Pence isn't going anywhere.
MSNBC reports that the possible removal of Pence from the trading block means that Houston will now spend more time trying to unload Wandy Rodriguez(notes), Brett Myers(notes) and Michael Bourn(notes).Let the rumors come to you. Follow Scoop du Jour on Twitter or Facebook.