The trade deadline (July 31) is indeed upon us, which means that rumors are starting to pick up. And that’s the joy of the trade deadline–random rumors that never materialize into anything serious. Only a few of the reported rumors actually pan out.
The San Francisco Giants have been involved in a few rumors, most of which have been centered around Tim Lincecum. Some of their relievers have been mentioned in talks too.
The latest from the Giants rumor mill involves impending free agent Hunter Pence. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in the quirky right fielder.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 20, 2013
The Pirates have been scouting a host outfielders for a few weeks, specifically right fielders. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte have left and center field locked down, but Pirates right fielders have the eighth-worst OPS (.707) in baseball. The combination of Jose Tabata, Garrett Jones and Travis Snider has done little to solidify the position, and with the team fighting for a playoff spot, general manager Neal Huntington has no choice but to seek alternatives.
However, Pence is unlikely to be traded, as Heyman notes.
After taking the first of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, however, the Giants sit a mere 5.5 games back of first place in the NL West. They’re far from out of it, and Pence, if they remain in contention, is a huge part in the team’s success.