July 29, 2011
It appeared that the Philadelphia Phillies were done haggling for Hunter Pence(notes) of the Houston Astros after the folks in Texas supposedly said no to an offer of Class A right-hander Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton along with a third player.
But now FOX Sports reports that the Phils and Astros "are making progress" on a Pence trade. However, a source tells the site that if the trade can't be agreed upon Friday, the Astros will move on to the other suitors for Pence, including the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.
What's supposedly holding things up is the ID of that third player (and possibly a fourth), according to FOX Sports, but one thing Phillies fans don't have to worry about is that young outfielder Domonic Brown(notes) is not a name being discussed.
However, Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown points out that "the sense outside the organization is that Pence will not be traded" and that "the consensus in the clubhouse, according to one player, is that Pence will not be dealt." However, Brown notes that pitcher Wandy Rodriguez(notes) and infielder Clint Barmes(notes) are believed to be headed elsewhere before Sunday's deadline.