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Houston nabbed two of Philadelphia's top prospects in first baseman Jonathan Singleton and right-hander Jarred Cosart. But the Phillies managed to hold onto talented outfielder Domonic Brown.
The 19-year-old Singleton was batting .282 with nine homers and 47 RBIs for Class-A Clearwater. He was selected by the Phillies in the eighth round of the 2009 draft.
The 21-year-old Cosart was 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, for Clearwater.
Rebuilding Houston also got 25-year-old righty Josh Zeid, who was 2-3 with two saves and a 5.65 ERA in 21 games, 11 starts, for Double-A Reading.
Amaro said the Phillies were able to stay under the luxury tax. He also refused to say he was done dealing before Sunday's deadline.
"Right now, I'm very comfortable with our ballclub," he said.
Pence comes with a favorable contract situation; Philadelphia can bring him back with relative ease for each of the next two seasons. His age and contract made him more appealing to the Phillies than a slugger like Carlos Beltran, traded Thursday from the New York Mets to the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Beltran is a free agent at the end of this season.
"I don't like rentals," Amaro said. "I don't believe in those."
The Phillies have needed a righty batter with pop since Jayson Werth signed with the Washington Nationals over the winter. Manager Charlie Manuel said Pence would bat fifth Saturday against Pittsburgh and play right field.
He'll provide some protection for Ryan Howard, allowing Shane Victorino to move into second in the lineup. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez, who join Howard as the Phillies' top home run threats, are all lefties.
"See you tomorrow Philadelphia," Pence posted on his Twitter page.
Pence wears No. 9 -- meaning he could take Brown's job and his uniform number. The Phillies have to make a roster move Saturday and Brown could be demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Brown knows it could be same organization, new uniform by Saturday night.
"I just hope I'm here and not in Triple-A," he said. "I'm not really concerned, but I would like to be here."
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