Reports surfaced Saturday that the Phillies included budding prospect Domingo Santana in the trade Hunter Pence in 2011 by mistake. Given the criticism already surrounding the prospects involved in the deal, the news was not a good reflection of the Phillies front office.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. adamantly denied the report to CSN Philly. Amaro was clear and to the point, “There was no mistake. If someone said that, they are misinformed because it’s absolutely, unequivocally wrong. It’s false.”
Santana is having a great year for the Astros organization. The 6'5", 225 lbs. rightfielder is batting .292/.368/.485 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 21-year-old was the No. 8 prospect in the Astros organization, a stacked farm system, according to Baseball America and rightfully so. He has hit 23 and 25 home runs in each of the last two seasons in the organization.
Now I don't know who to believe. I want to believe Amaro because it is hard to imagine a professional organization making a mistake like that. I really want to believe him but at the same time, if I do believe him, I am concerned that the organization intentionally gave up such a haul for Pence.
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