Although it’s nothing but a formality at this point, CBS’s John Heyman is reporting that the Giants will offer outfielder Hunter Pence arbitration. The deal will be for one-year and will be worth between $13 and $14 million.
Pence split time between the Phillies and Giants in 2012, and hit .253 with 24 home runs and a career-high 104 RBIs. He was not as impressive with the Giants, hitting just .219 in 59 games in a San Francisco uniform.
In the postseason, Pence was the motivational leader for the Giants, leading the “pre-game speech” and “pumped up” the team before the game. He was more impressive with his words than with his bat, however, as he hit just .221 throughout the postseason.
With Pence locked up for another year, the Giants still need to fill center field and left field, as Angel Pagan is a free agent and they should seek an upgrade over Gregor Blanco in left.