The Atlanta Braves were rumored to be in the hunt for a trade deadline deal for the Houston Astros' Hunter Pence, but the price for him proved to be too steep for Atlanta as the Philadelphia Phillies snatched him up Friday night.
Houston landed Pence in exchange for four Phillies prospects, including two of their top three in the forms of first baseman Jonathan Singleton and pitcher Jarred Cosart. The Phillies also sent Josh Zeid.
Singleton had hit .294 with nine homers and 47 RBI for Class-A Advanced Clearwater, and Cosart had gone 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA for Clearwater. Zeid has gone 2-3 with a 5.65 ERA in 21 appearances with Double-A Reading.
Philadelphia will also be sending another player to be named later.
The 28-year-old Pence hit .308 with11 home runs and 62 RBI in 100 games this year for the Astros. He won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season.
The Braves remain in discussions with the Chicago White Sox regarding acquiring Carlos Quintin.
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