Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants?

By johnczech

KPIX-TV is reporting that there is a deal in place that would send Phildelphia Phillies outfielder, Hunter Pence, to the San Francisco Giants pending ownership approval.

Who would go to the Phillies for Pence is unknown, but the Phillies probably have a high price tag on Pence.

Like last year, the Giants are looking to add another bat at the deadline to help an offense that struggles to score runs. Pence, the 29-year-old outfielder, is having a down year. Hitting only .268, but has 17 home runs and 59 RBIs, but his bat would fit nicely in the middle of the Giants’ order.

It’s apparent that the Phillies are going to be sellers nearing the deadline. And when you’re 16.5 games behind first place, it was just a matter of time before they started to sell.

The Giants have also been linked to Shane Victorino, another player the Phillies might consider shopping at the deadline.

The Dodgers and Giants are currently tied a top the standings of the NL West. The Giants have lost four straight games. The addition of Pence would really help out the middle of the Giants’ order that already features Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey. And it would give the Giants some versatility in the outfield.

The Giants would also have Pence locked up for another year, meaning it would be more than just a rent-a-bat like Carlos Beltran, and Pence could help contribute next year as well.

This would be a great move for the Giants, but no one will really know until they release the names of the players the Giants had to give up for Pence.

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