Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/1/12
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The Philadelphia Phillies saw their first selloff at the trade deadline since 2006 yesterday as general manager Ruben Amaro traded two fan favorites to the National League West. Shane Victorino was traded to the team that originally drafted him, the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Hunter Pence was traded to the San Francisco Giants. Many fans are upset by the trades, but Amaro did the right thing for the Phillies now and for the future. Victorino and Pence are both talented players and will probably both thrive on their new teams. But Victorino is 31, soon to be 32 and is in the last year of his contract. As much as he is a fan favorite, it did not make sense to keep Shane beyond this year. He is a speed player that will be looking to make somewhere around the $9.5 million he is making this year or more. Speed players  tend to decline after 30 years of age and a contract extension would have been a mistake at this point for the Phillies. Pence is just coming into the prime of his career ...
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