If the Philadelphia Phillies knew they would be this terrible for the past few years, they likely never would have traded a handful of prospects to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence in 2011. According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, they most definitely would not have traded outfielder Domingo Santana.
Santana, 22, is currently batting .292 in Triple-A. He had a .498 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in Double-A last year, so he obviously has tremendous potential. Considering they supposedly traded him by mistake, I’m sure the Phillies would love to have Santana back.
Less than two months after they picked George Springer from the University of Connecticut, the Astros sent Pence and cash to the Phillies on July 29, 2011, for Cosart, Singleton, Zeid and a player to be named, which ended up being Santana. In spring training, a Phillies official admitted that Santana wasn’t actually supposed to be on the list that was given to the Astros to pick from to satisfy the final piece on Aug. 15, 2011.
The Phillies held onto Pence for less than two seasons before shipping him off to the San Francisco Giants. To make matters worse, their trade with the Astros also included Jon Singleton. We all saw how his MLB debut went earlier this week. Simply put, it’s not a fun time to be a Phillies fan.
H/T Eye on Baseball