The first 24 hours after the Phillies seemingly proclaimed their season over by being swept by the Braves were quiet. Rumors were floating everywhere, but no deals were made.
Today, the Phillies finally made their first move with about four hours left until the deadline. Within a half hour, two-thirds of their starting outfield had been traded to the NL West.
Shane Victorino was the first to go, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and right-handed minor-leaguer Ethan Martin.
Just minutes later, it was revealed Hunter Pence would be acquired by the San Francisco Giants. After about an hour of working out the details, Pence was officially dealt to the Giants for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catcher/first base prospect Tommy Joseph and pitching prospect Seth Rosin.
To correspond the deals while players arrive, Domonic Brown was called up and Brian Schneider was activated from the 15-day DL.
Schierholtz and Lindblom will likely not be available for tomorrow’s game. Brown’s flight was delayed from Syracuse, where the Iron Pigs are playing, so he will not be in the lineup tonight, but will play every day according to manager Charlie Manuel. There is no word on whether Schneider is with the Phillies tonight.
Other players with the possibility of being moved at the deadline were Joe Blanton, Juan Pierre and even Cliff Lee. Lee was quickly pulled off the table in the middle of the Phillies’ fire sale.
The Diamondbacks had interest and a deal centered around Lee and D’Backs outfielder Justin Upton was reported this morning, but never amounted to anything.
Blanton talks with the Orioles picked up after the Victorino and Pence deals, but reports from after the 4 p.m. deadline say no deal was reached. The Phillies wanted a high-end prospect from the Orioles for Blanton and the Orioles wanted a good part of Blanton’s remaining $3 million contract paid off by the Phillies.
Interest in Juan Pierre was lost as the price remained to high for teams like the Reds and after the outfield took a hit in the Victorino and Pence deals.
Much more to come later tonight and tomorrow on the deals made today by the Phillies. Stay tuned for an introduction to the newest Phillies and a look at how this affects the approach to the 2013 season. And don’t forget, there is still a game tonight at 7:05.