The San Francisco Giants have acquired Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies for Tommy Joesph, Nate Schierholtz, and Seth Rosin. There was a deal in place to send Pence to the Giants over the weekend, but Giants representatives were calling the rumors “false” and “untrue”.
Pence has had a down year, hitting only .271 with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs in 101 games this year. But the Giants — like last year– were looking to upgrade the middle of their line up and add another outfield bat.
This move was clearly the answer to all the Dodgers recent trades. The Dodgers have acquired Brandon League, Hanley Ramirez, and Shane Victorino at the deadline. And after losing five straight games — it was a big — but a must needed for the Giants.
The Giants middle of the order will now feature Melky Cabrera, who is one of the top hitters in the NL. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence. Pence should be a boost for an offense that struggles to score runs.
Tommy Joseph was ranked the number two best prospect in the Giants system. In Double A, Joseph was hitting .260 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs. Joseph also appeared in the 2012 Futures game.
Schierholtz has hit .257 with five home runs and 17 RBIs with the Giants this year. Rosin was 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA in A ball.
This could be the Giants last move at the deadline. There has been some speculation that the Giants were going to go out and maybe get another reliever. But if the Dodgers get Ryan Dempster, what would the Giants to do to counter?
There is no question the Giants’ offense looks much strong with Pence in the middle of it. With Pence signed through 2013, this was a great move by Brian Sabean for the playoff push and for next year.
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