Hunter Pence would rather sign a long term contract with the Giants instead of testing free agency after the 2013 season, he told ESPN.
Traded to the Giants midway through the 2012 season, Pence was instrumental in their run to the World Series, with his inspirational speeches and unorthodox hits (see: broken bat, 3 RBI double in NLCS).
However, his statistics at the plate did not match his enthusiasm. In 59 games with the Giants last year, Pence hit just .219 with seven home runs and 45 RBI, plus an OBP of just .287.
Compare that to 2011 with the Astros and Phillies, when he .324 with 22 home runs and 97 RBI.
Needless to say, his performance in 2013 likely dictates whether or not the Giants lock him up long term.
Pence and the Giants agreed on a one-year, $13.8 million contract in January to avoid arbiration. He made $10.4 million last season.
At that time, Pence said that there was never any talk of a multi-year deal.
“If they want to talk about that, I’d definitely be willing to listen,” Pence told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m not opposed to that at all. I want to be here.”