UPDATE: SF Giants Land Hunter Pence

7/30/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

***********Deadline Update: Giants acquire Hunter Pence from Phillies************

At last season's trade deadline, both the Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies went all-out for another bat in their respective lineups. The Giants landed on Carlos Beltran while the Phils came through with a trade for Hunter Pence. 

The Giants failed to make the playoffs as they dropped the division to the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks while playing the season without All-star catcher, Buster Posey. The Phillies cruised to a divisional crown, however, they were eliminated in the first round of postseason play, and thus disappointed the franchise, their fans and the city of Philadelphia. 

July 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence (3) at bat in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREWith the Giants tied for their division lead with the Dodgers and the Phillies appearing to be sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Giants are looking for help in their outfield and their lineup. With Pablo Sandoval out for another two weeks due to a strained hamstring, the lineup is even more depleted than it once was as the Giants have not scored a run in their two previous games.

Hunter Pence has one more year of arbitration eligibility and he is due to make over $10 million this season, so the Giants may back off a little because their payroll is about to increase even more so when they re-sign Melky Cabrera after this season (not to mention the 6 year-$127 million Matt Cain extension). However, the Giants are weak in right field and they clearly can't expect the move for Marco Scutaro, the utility infielder, to truly counteract the Dodgers drastic trade, which landed them Hanley Ramirez. 

If the Giants want to continue to prove to their extremely loyal fan-base (135 consecutive home sellouts) that they are in it to win it as they were two years prior, they will have to pull the trigger on this move to upgrade their outfield and make their lineup that much more potent. Pence can provide the home-run hitter the Giants sorely lack as Buster Posey leads the team with a mere 13 homeruns currently. Pence has 17 on the year and his bat in the middle of the Giants lineup would only help Melky, Buster and the Kung Fu Panda see better pitches from now through October.
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7/31/12   |   ML31   |   3616 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
And they got some cash back in the deal too...had to part with Schierholtz, but Blanco now moves to a bench role with Pence starting RF. Great fit and he'll be a Giant next season as well...all around good move. They missed out on a reliever though..

Yeah...  A bit surprised they took Sheirholtz.  I always liked him but he never fully took advantage of the few chances he had.  Thought they could use more bull pen help, too.  But there are still players who will clear waivers they could try to get later...

7/31/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

ML31 wrote:
Well color me surprised.  They got him without dealing Brown or any other of the top prospects.  Guess the Phils got desperate.

And they got some cash back in the deal too...had to part with Schierholtz, but Blanco now moves to a bench role with Pence starting RF. Great fit and he'll be a Giant next season as well...all around good move. They missed out on a reliever though..

7/31/12   |   ML31   |   3616 respect

Well color me surprised.  They got him without dealing Brown or any other of the top prospects.  Guess the Phils got desperate.

7/31/12   |   ML31   |   3616 respect

Of course Pence would help.  But I just don't see the Giants parting with any more of their top prospects that the Phillies will undoubtedly want for Pence. 

7/30/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Talk about a guy who has fallen off the map...

Talk about a team that has fallen off the map...firesale? 

7/30/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Talk about a guy who has fallen off the map...