Of course we are happy about Cole Hamels signing. It does appear that money could motivate the Phillies to move Hunter Pence as the Phillies look to stay below the luxury tax. ESPN's Jose Cruz Jr. says definitively, "Hunter Pence's days as a Phillie are numbered", and that "it's a question about money for next year."
Possible suitors appearing are the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Cleveland Indians.
Pittsburgh Pirates:The Pirates are buyers and just bought Astros' pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Rumored to see Shane Victorino as a perfect fit, Pence could be a much-needed bat behind in the lineup behind Andrew McCutchen. Ten days ago, the Pirates were scouting Pence. The Pirates recently called up centerfielder Starling Marte, one of their top prospects looking for that added boost. If Marte came back in the deal, the Phillies could have their centerfielder for years to come. It sounds like the Pirates won't trade him, however.
Los Angeles Dodgers:Ken Rosenth...