In the wake of being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants can no longer afford to wait around. In a dead lock for first place, the race to the finish line has begun. The Dodgers have been enjoying Shortstop Hanley Ramirez for about a week now but apparently that is not enough for the big spenders.
Now in, not only have the Dodgers recently acquired All-Star Center fielder Shane Victorino from Philadelphia but they also reached an agreement with Seattle and picked up veteran reliever Brandon League. The Dodgers are also rumored to be on the verge of acquiring Ryan Dempster from Chicago. With losing Pablo Sandoval recently due to a hamstring issue, this only adds more pressure on the Giants to go acquire a marquee bat to help this struggling offense. Well wait no more, it looks like the deal is all but finished for the Giants to welcome another Philly All-Star; Outfielder Hunter Pence. As of now, it looks that Nate Schierholtz and young Catcher Tommy Joseph have been included in the deal. A pitcher may be added to Philadelphia’s haul as well.
Pence is hitting .271 on the year to go with 17 homers and 59 RBI. Respectable but not great numbers i would say being that he has played in a hitter’s park all year. In his defense, he had to hold down the middle of that lineup mostly by himself for some time being without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. As the Giant’s ballpark plays big and has been known to be a pitcher’s park, we can’t expect home runs galore with the acquisition of Pence, but nonetheless Giants fans should all be estatic. This is a guy who is still in his prime and can 100% help the Giants down the stretch. Anyone who has seen Pence play will have no problem liking the guy as he is a max-effort player who gives his all every play, every at-bat.
As to what will happen after this year, who knows. The Giants could decide to try and make a push to lock him up if they like what they see the rest of this year. Personally, i have always liked Pence and would love to see this guy stay in Orange and Black, unfortunately i said the same thing with Slugger Carlos Beltran and we all know how that worked out. With all that being said, Brian Sabean still has All-Star Melky Cabrera to figure out. Cabrera, now with two back to back solid years, is more then deserving of a 3-4 year contract. So this will be something to monitor going forward and into the offseason. For now, Giants fans kick your feet up, stay tuned and enjoy the race for the playoffs.
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Written by Drew Madden
Sports Fanatic/Fantasy Guru Love to talk sports and play as well. California born and raised. Active lifestyle and always ready for a challenge!