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Rosenthal: Houston, Philadelphia close on a Hunter Pence deal

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Per Ken Rosenthal, the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies continue to make progress towards a potential deal that would send outfielder Hunter Pence to the Phillies in exchange for a package that would include minor league pitcher Jarred Cosart and minor league first baseman Jonathan Singleton, with the teams apparently still haggling over the additional player, or players, going to Houston.

Cosart and Singleton both were in the 40s in Baseball America's midseason top 50 prospect list.  Keith Law had Cosart #17 in his midseason top 50, and Singleton at #24.  

I had suggested a couple of weeks ago that the price for the Rangers to acquire Pence would be something along the lines of Martin Perez, Cody Buckel, and Chris Davis, a price that most Rangers fans thought was way too steep.  We still have to see what the other prospects in the deal would be, but it sounds like Philadelphia would be giving up a package pretty close in value to Perez/Buckel/Davis, particularly if you believe that Law has the Philly prospects pegged better than BA does.