Just a suggestion
If the Phillies really want to add Hunter Pence to the lineup for the next two-plus seasons the way to do so might be to relieve Houston of some of its untradable slop.
Tell Ed Wade, "We'll take Pence and give you three minor-leaguers plus we'll knock $12 million off your 2012 payroll by taking Brett Myers, too."
The Phillies would have to pay Myers $3.67 million for the rest of this season but could shed him in the offseason for a single-A okee-doke.
Would it be any worse than having David Herndon sitting at the end of the bullpen bench?
Cincinnati sent outfielder Jonny Gomes to Washington for a pair of minor-leaguers.
The eight-year veteran hit .211 with 11 homeruns and 31 RBIs as a part-time starter.
The Reds got back outfielder Bill Rhinehart and lefthander Chris Manno.
The Red Sox put struggling rightfielder J.D. Drew on the 15-day DL (sore right shoulder) and recalled infielder Drew Sutton from triple-A Pawtucket. Drew is batting just .219 with four homers and 21 RBIs in the final year of a five-year, $70 million deal.
Elsewhere: Matt Holliday was out of the St. Louis starting lineup with a stomach virus, manager Tony LaRussa said. . . . Detroit outrighted third baseman Brandon Inge to triple-A Toledo. The 34-year-old was designated for assignment on July 22 after the Tigers acquired Wilson Betemit from Kansas City. Inge hit just .177 with one home run in 70 games this season. . . . Orioles lefthander Mike Gonzalez began serving a three-game suspension for throwing behind Boston's David Ortiz on July 10, and will miss his team's series against the Blue Jays. . . . The O's activated DH Vladimir Guerrero off the 15-day DL and optioned righthander Mark Worrell to triple-A Norfolk. . . . Braves third baseman Chipper Jones didn't start against the Pirates after he strained his right quadriceps on Monday night. . . . Arizona reinstated closer J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder Geoff Blum on it with a broken right pinkie finger.
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This article contains information from the Associated Press.