Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 11/20/14
What a difference a year makes.  On this date one year ago the Phillies brought in Hunter Pence in a hugely popular trade - remember the cameras following his arrival in that black SUV?  It bolstered a team who was 29 games above .500 and held a 6 game lead in the NL East on their way to 102 victories. Exactly one year later, the 12 games under .500 last place Philadelphia Phillies are 12 games under .500 and shipped out the exact same Hunter Pence as well as traded Shane Victorino.  The trades signify an enormous turning point for the Phillies.  Two thirds of the outfield is gone, the playoff streak is over, the division titles are finished, the sellout streak will soon be gone, and the best era in Phillies history has ended. Ruben Amaro needed to make moves at the trading deadline, and in that regard he most definitely did not disappoint. Whether or not they are good moves, well, we have two full months of meaningless baseball in which to make that decision.  At first glance, howe...
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