Say goodbye to 2012.
Atlanta did that with a sweep of the Phillies this past weekend, and what dagger the Braves did, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro twisted inside the belly of Phillies fans.
OK, gone are Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.
Coming in are outfielder Nate Schierholtz and minor-league prospects Tommy Joseph, a catcher, and Seth Rosin, a righthanded pitcher (from the Giants for Pence) and a righthander Josh Lindblom, 25, double-A righty Ethan Martin, and a player to be named later or cash (from the Dodgers for Victorino).
Unlike Cole Hamels, who performed well under a contract year, Victorino was mediocre at best. Plus the Philles were not going to sign Victorino long term.
Pence was a salary dump. He was due to make $15 million next year and was one of the most attractive trade commodity, as he was under contract past this year.
But it still hurts.
Only Schierholtz is major league ready.
He probably takes over right field.
Domonic Brown takes over in center.
And you have John M...