Oct 28, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence hits a double against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning during game four of the 2012 World Series at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

Pence, Giants Negotiating Deal to Avoid Arbitration

The San Francisco Giants and Hunter Pence will exchange arbitration offers and requests on Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

There are no long-term deal talks, as the two sides are looking to simply avoid an arbitration hearing.

A report surfaced in November that the Giants would offer Pence around $13 or $14 million, and GM Brian Sabean quipped that Pence “is going to be a Giant next year.”

Pence, who was acquired mid-season in 2012, was the emotional driving force behind the Giants’ run to the World Series. His .219 batting average with the Giants in 59 games may not seem so hot, but the passion and desire that he showed in the clubhouse during the stretch run probably convinced management to bring him back for at least another year.

The 29-year old outfielder has a career batting average of .285 with 138 home runs in six season in the big leagues.

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