In my post yesterday about Houston Chronicle writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz detailing why the Phillies were on the wrong side of the Hunter Pence deal in 2011, I somehow missed this line from Jd JO about rising prospect Domingo Santana being thrown in by the Phils as the player to be named later:
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.
As noted yesterday, Santana is having an outstanding year in the minors and will likely find his way to the Astros this season. At 21, he may turn out to be the best player the Astros received in the Pence deal, and his inclusion (and the disagreement over the PTBNL), may have been due to some sort of processing glitch in the Phillies’ front office.
Somebody needs to fix that glitch. They can start by moving Ruben Amaro down to Storage B.