Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Yesterday, the Phillies traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino in separate deals. While I realize the trades had to be made and I realize the value in each, personally, I was sorry to see Victorino go. Mahalo, Shane. A lifetime .277 hitter, Victorino’s best years were 2008, where he hit .293, and 2009, where he hit .292 and led the league with 13 triples. Even last year, Victorino led the league with 16 triples. But he was hitting .262 this year with five triples, nine home runs and 40 RBI. Not exactly a career year heading into a contract year. Not a money player like Cole Hamels, who had a 11-4 record when he signed his big deal last week. But who could forget his grand slam against C.C. Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS, or the game-tying home run prior to the Matt Stairs home run in the NLCS against the Dodgers? Heady times. Now he is gone. While Hunter Pence  was surprised about the trade, and thanked the fans of Philadelphia, Victorino in his comment thought the Phillies would do wel...

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