May 9, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8, left) at bat in front of Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16, right) during the first inning at AT

MLB Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers Targeting Hunter Pence

The San Francisco Giants are in fourth place and 7.5 games back in the NL West, and at some point, GM Brian Sabean has to consider selling off some high-priced players at the trade deadline.

One big name that has been generating interest around the league is outfielder Hunter Pence.

According to the Star-Telegram, the Texas Rangers are targeting Pence along with Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales. Texas is looking for a right handed hitting outfielder due to a possible suspension looming for Nelson Cruz thanks to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Pence is hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI through 100 games this season, and is coming off of a five-for-five night on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Coincidentally, Pence played his high school and college ball in Arlington, Texas, which just so happens to be the home of the Rangers.

The veteran outfielder signed a one year, $13.8 million contract last offseason with the Giants to avoid arbitration, but there have not been talks about a long term deal.

Pence was acquired mid-season last year via trade from the Phillies, and his emotional leadership helped the Giants win their second World Series in three years.

But with the Giants way out of contention, Pence might be one of their trade assets if they choose to rebuild and prepare for next season.

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