Posted September 29, 2013

Giants, outfielder Hunter Pence agree to five-year, $90-million deal

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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has a career-high 26 homers and 22 steals this season. (Brad Mangin/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a five-year, $90-million contract with outfielder Hunter Pence, according to multiple reports.

Pence made $13.8 million this season, his last year of arbitration, and was set to be a free agent.

The deal — tied with Barry Bonds’ 2001 free-agent deal for the second-largest the Giants have given to a position player — is pending a physical and will likely be backloaded and include a no-trade provision, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggerly.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the news.

The team has now begun talks to sign fellow free-agent-to-be Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman is reporting.

The 30-year-old Pence, who has a career-high 26 home runs and 22 stolen bases this season, was seen conducting negotiations in the Giants’ clubhouse, according to Baggerly.

From CSNBayArea.com:

Just a day earlier, GM Brian Sabean described re-signing Pence as part of the “heavy lifting” that the front office wanted to complete in short order. They weren’t kidding. In a highly unorthodox scene, Pence and CEO Larry Baer engaged in direct negotiations in the clubhouse Friday night in direct presence of the media waiting to interview him.

Pence said he sensed a deal could be imminent.

“They’re about to get back to me, seriously,” he said Friday night. “So we’re either really close or really far away.”

San Francisco acquired Pence from the Phillies for two minor leaguers and veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz at last season’s trade deadline. He became the Giants’ inspirational leader during their 2012 World Series run.

The former Houston Astro owns a career .285 batting average and has posted six straight 20-homer seasons.

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12 comments
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

So .280 batters with 25 home runs are now worth $18 million per season? Pure insanity. Maybe someone will give Jacoby Ellsbury $200 millon and Cano $300 million. Pro sports are reaching the breaking point where fans are going to quit paying ever increasing ticket prices.

William27
William27

$18 million a year ?

I guess that makes Miguel Cabrera worth about $50 million a year.

this is insane, I just don't see how a guy who doesn't even bat in 100RBI is worth that much while children are starving all over the world.

pathetic

sickening

disgusting

absurd


heardhimsay
heardhimsay

Pence has become the heart and soul of the Giants clubhouse after just one full season.  No way you let a guy with his leadership and skills get away. This is a way better deal for the Giants than the Nationals gave to Jayson Werth.  Seems more realistic for both parties.

Bazelope
Bazelope

Mediocre player.  Another Pujols/Hamilton/Zito debacle in the making.  Time will prove that this is just another bad deal!

IreneTH
IreneTH

Great news.  He fits well in SF and was vocal about his desire to stay here.  Glad there were no prolonged negotiations.  He became a favorite of fans very quickly.  And Willie McCovey himself was rooting for him to win the Willie Mac Award this year, which he did.  His value goes beyond his stats.  

Sneeral
Sneeral

He's a really good player. But is being a 20-20 player really worth $18 million a year? He's 30 and not going to be much better and most likely will start to decline during the contract.

kj4027
kj4027

5 year deals for players in their early 30's makes complete sense. Same reason the Yankees should not offer the 31 year old Cano no more than a 5 year deal. It's been proven over and over that players after the age of 35 start to breakdown rapidly. There is always the exception but in general, after the age of 35, players should only be given 2 year deals.

William27
William27

@heardhimsayyou must have lots of money to burn with that attitude, could you lend me $20 ?

William27
William27

@IreneTH you must have lots of money to burn with that attitude, could you lend me $20 ?

RickHamby
RickHamby

@Sneeral No he isn't....anywhere near it.  But don't worry...I an sure ticket purchasers in SF will gladly pay higher ticket prices to support this teams acquisitions!

William27
William27

@RickHamby @Sneeral I wait with hope for the day when fans everywhere start boycotting teams that pay absurd salaries.

in a few years Buster will be making $21 million a year, makes me want to throw up.

I refuse to go to any game and support these over paid idiots