A name that has been thrown around recently for the Detroit Tigers to add is Hunter Pence, bringing the number of San Francisco Giants rumored to come to Detroit to essentially everyone but Matt Cain.
While Pence makes sense from a positional standpoint, the cost that he is going to demand is simply not worth it to a team like the Tigers looking at filling multiple holes, having bigger issues than their outfield.
Now don’t get me wrong — I think the Tigers should be willing to pay the price the Giants want for Pence. However, I just think that they should be using what they’re willing to pay to go after Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is younger by far, is under contract for more years and has more tools than Pence does.
Any team would love to have Pence play for them, but this isn’t a video game deal where you can stack your roster with no consequences.
The Giants outfielder fits better with a team that has plenty of prospects to deal and needs a bat desperately. The Tigers would be reaching if they tried to get Pence, especially with Stanton potentially available at a slightly higher cost.
While Detroit may be all-in on trading prospects like Nick Castellanos, it needs to be for the right player who can bring long-term success. They need a player that will impact the squad so dramatically that it doesn’t matter what prospects were traded.
Hunter Pence isn’t that type of player.