Buster Olney had the following update this morning about the asking price for Hunter Pence to the Pittsburgh Pirates (h/t to Bucs Dugout):

https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/231043585800290304

With that type of return, I'd imagine there was also talk of the Phillies picking up some salary in the deal. Still, that's a high price to pay for Pence. He's under control through the 2013 season, and will likely be making north of $14 M next year. When you consider that the Pirates got Travis Snider for Brad Lincoln, the price seems pretty extreme. I'd rather have Snider and Marte than just Hunter Pence.

My thoughts on Pence are similar to Charlie's from the link above. I think he's a bit over-rated. I think he's a good player, but not good enough to warrant $14+ M next year, and I do...

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