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New York Yankees Rumors: Biting On Hunter Pence Could Be Good

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees are going to try and do everything it can to land some kind of top piece between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon when the MLB Trade Deadline passes. It’s unclear what the Yankees have to give up after acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs last week, but the team is still looking to upgrade its offense.

According to various reports, New York is keeping its eye on the Bay Area.

That is where San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is, and that is who the Yankees are trying to target. New York is looking for some instant offense and with the way Pence has hit coming off trades to contenders, it is a good thing that the Yankees are going after him.

Pence is batting .277/.320/.457 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs. He would be an immediate upgrade over designated hitter Vernon Wells and could also play the outfield, which could put Ichiro Suzuki back at the DH slot if he needs to go. New York could let go of Wells if a trade is executed.

New York has to battle the Cincinnati Reds, who are also looking for a bat. More specifically, Cincinnati is looking for a right-handed bat to add to its powerful lineup. The Reds would be an even more ideal candidate for Pence since they are battling the Pittsburgh Pirates for a NL Central crown.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Read more about New York Yankees rumors here.