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The Phils have added four minor-league players to their 40-man roster.

The Phils have announced that they are adding four players from their minor-league system to their 40-man roster to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The four minor leaguers are right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman, catcher Sebastian Valle and outfielder Tyson Gillies. Aumont and Gillies came to the Phils as part of the Cliff Lee deal with the Mariners in late 2009, while Valle was signed as an amateur in 2006 and Diekman was drafted in the 30th round of the draft in 2007. MLB.com have Valle ranked as the Phils no. 2 prospect in the minors, and Aumont as no. 10.

With the addition of the four mentioned minor leaguers, the Phils are now a player short of a complete 40-man roster.

The Phils finally get the right handed bat that they have wanted all year: Say hello to Hunter Pence.

During the ballgame, but announced afterwards, the Phils announced that they have finally gotten their man. The Phils had finally completed a deal with the Astros, getting right handed outfielder Hunter Pence, while sending to Houston pitching prospects Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid and first base prospect Jonathan Singleton, with a fourth player to be named later. Pence, who will most likely be playing in right field, is presently batting .309, with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs, along with a .356 on-base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage.

Pence, who is expected to be the right handed bat that the Phils have been looking for all year, especially to protect Ryan Howard by batting in the fifth spot, will be under the Phils’ control for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, as well as this year.

The Phils are expecting Pence to appear in time for tomorrow night’s game, as he was pulled out of the Astros-Brewers game in Milwaukee in the fifth inning, saying goodbye to his teammates.

Welcome to the team, Hunter. I hope that you are what we have been looking for all season in the corner outfield, especially during the playoffs in October.

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