PHILADELPHIA -- Less than a week remains before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and the Phillies are everywhere.
Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Joe Blanton and Hunter Pence have been mentioned as potential players to be traded, and Tuesday a FOXSports.com report said the Phillies are "eager" to trade Pence. But while the Phils are shopping Pence, they would have to receive strong value in return to move him. He is their only right-handed power bat, and he is under team control through next season.
"I want to play here," Pence said. "I want to win this year. I believe in us, and that's what I'm focused on. I'm not focused on what if something happens in the future. What if I die tomorrow? I'm not guaranteed another breath, so I'm going to go out and work as hard as I can today."
Philadelphia could save about $14 million in payroll in 2013 by trading Pence, who will be salary arbitration-eligible for the final time. That money could come in handy if Hamels signs a contract extension this week. The sides continue to negotiate a deal, although they will need a decision from Hamels soon. If the left-hander declines the Phillies' offer, they will need time to find a trade partner.