The San Francisco Giants and right fielder Hunter Pence have agreed to a new five-year contract worth a reported $90 million.
Hunter Pence’s new contract with the Giants will reportedly be announced tomorrow, after the star player passes his physical. Barring an unforeseen disaster, San Francisco has locked down one of their key pieces for a long time.
Pence started his career with Houston Astros in 2007 and quickly established himself as one the game’s bright young stars.
Looking to rebuild in 2011, Houston traded Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies were in the middle of a playoff run and needed another bat to solidify the lineup.
In 2012 the Phillies disappointed and the team went into sell mode. The Giants, who had long coveted Pence, traded for him.
It would become the second time in a one year span Pence was on the move. Now it looks like he’s finally found a home.
The move worked out, and the Giants went on to win the World Series, giving a lot of credit to Hunter Pence’s now famous pre-game speeches.
Hunter Pence was due to become a free agent this offseason, but both he and the Giants were very public about the desire to reunite.
Still, Pence said if he wasn’t re-signed before free agency, he would entertain other offers.
Hunter Pence reportedly agrees to 5-year, $90M deal with Giants. Since joining SF on Aug. 1, 2012, he has a team-high 33 HR and 139 RBI
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2013
The Giants clearly couldn’t afford to let that happen, and worked quickly to ensure Pence would stay in the city by the bay.
Pence has been one of the only highlights of the Giants 2013 season. He leads the team in almost every offensive category, and plays shutdown defense in right field. It will be fun to see him stay in the same city for the next five years of his career.
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