The San Francisco Giants are in last place and 10 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 Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in acquiring Pence. Heyman also reports that the Cincinnati Reds inquired on Pence, but so far there is no match.
“He’s available,” one rival GM told Heyman. “But they’re not going to give him away.”
Pence is hitting .277 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI through 104 games this season, and the Giants could be raising the asking price for their best outfielder.
In another report, Heyman says the Giants price for Pence and teammate Tim Lincecum is “very strong,” because they plan on offering both of them a qualifying offer at the end of the year. If they decline the offer, the Giants would receive a draft pick.
Pence 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.
He 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.