Last season, the San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies for Seth Rosin, Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz. Pence proved to be the lightning rod in the MLB Playoffs as he hit a home run and drove in three runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and made some nice catches en route to a World Series title.
This season, the Giants have taken a complete 180. No longer in contention for a division title (at least it seems that way), San Francisco is willing to trade Pence to a contender. The Cincinnati Reds are looking to add a piece like Pence to help them get to the next step in the playoffs. Cincinnati has been great the past few years as the prospects the franchise has developed have come to fruition and reached their full potential. Adding the outfielder may give an extra spark.
San Francisco could get a pretty penny in a deal with Pence. However, when any team got interested in the outfielder, the Giants shot down any news of interest. The Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Pence in mid-July, but the Giants had no interest in trading him.
Now ten games back in the division, it looks like San Francisco is becoming a seller in the trade market. Pence may not be the only person that leaves the Giants. San Francisco could give up some more pieces to get a hefty haul.