In case you have been too interested in the playoff races in MLB this month to notice the San Francisco Giants, you might want to take a peek at Hunter Pence. This guy is absolutely tearing the cover off of the ball in September. Pence has always had his moments and from time to time has even reached around 30 dingers and driven in 100 runs. This kind of pace he is on right now may be completely unprecedented for him though.
That only matters because this is a contract year for Pence. Word is that the Giants have already begun talking with him about re-signing him. I am fine with that. Pence is a solid outfielder and very productive throughout the season. There is one caution that the Giants should notice however. Whatever they think of his performance in September, they should not be willing to pay him for the current pace when he is unlikely to repeat this more than once or twice more in his career.
That isn’t a cut down either; look at these numbers. Going into play on Monday Pence had 25 home runs and 92 RBI. That isn’t too shabby. The problem is that he has 9 homers and 25 RBI in the first couple of weeks of September alone. Almost half of his home run total and over a quarter of his RBI have come since the calendar turned to September. No matter how you slice it, that is darn impressive.
I’m not saying he shouldn’t get financial credit for that but at the age of 30; he is very realistically not bound to repeat those types of numbers for the next seven years. For that reason the Giants should remain simple with their offer and maybe go three or four years at a smaller number but add incentives if he reaches certain goals.
For me, that would be the perfect deal that would be safe for the Giants and productive for Pence at the same time. At the same time Pence should not shop for a ten year multi-hundred million dollar deal if the Giants offer him one like I suggested. We’ll see what they do.