Hunter Pence was the trade bait flavor of the day Tuesday, as one report had the Phillies "eager" to trade the right fielder before the July 31 deadline.

Pence said before the game it was the first he'd heard of the rumor.

"Are there rumors?" Pence said. "I don't even know."

Pence, a midseason acquisition last year, flourished in his half season with the Phillies in 2011, but hasn't lived up to expectations this season.