According to Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News, the Giants have extended Hunter Pence to a five-year, $90 million extension. Pence told friends that he wanted to stay with the Giants, as he helped them win two World Series in the past three years. The Giants won’t be winning this year, but Pence will still be returning for the next season.
Giants and Pence agree to five year deal.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 28, 2013
Pence has been a very active player this year for the Giants, playing 160 games, scoring 90 runs, and hitting 26 homers. Pence, again, is a crucial piece to the Giants’ offensive flow, especially if they want to be contenders in the next couple of seasons. He was poised to do well financially in the offseason, but the Giants were lucky to sign him to such a big extension before another team snagged him.
Pence has had some “wild swings” in his stats, but he is the Giants’ best right fielder in a long time, and re-signing him will prove to be a good move. The only problem that some may have with the contract is that Pence is already 30, and past his prime. His deal could mean nothing in a few years, and the Giants will be paying him for almost nothing.