Monday, July 29, 2013
Why Pence is tough to trade
By Jason A. Churchill
One of the bigger names that's been bandied about in trade rumors recently is that of San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence. Let's take a look at the clubs that could have interest.
The Texas Rangers, we know, are looking for a righty outfield bat, and the Detroit Tigers could use Pence everyday rather than role out some sort of platoon in left field.
The Cincinnati Reds may be the contender most in need of a player like Pence, since the club has received so little production from their third outfielder after Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce.
The Baltimore Orioles could have interest, too, though they may prefer to spend any further trade assets on pitching. The Tampa Bay Rays could use a bat, but Pence's salary -- he's owed around $5 million for the rest of 2013 -- would be a major deterrent for the cost-conscious club.
As Paul Gackle of the San Francisco Examiner asks, why would the Giants, who have enough problems and holes to worry about as is, look to create another one by dealing Pence? Especially if there's a possibility he could re-sign with the club, perhaps at a "hometown" discount.
From the Giants' perspective, the former world champs -- who are 10 games out in the NL West, by the way -- have to consider that any trade return for Pence would have to be more than what they would get in draft-pick compensation next June by simply tendering the free-agent-to-be a qualifying offer, which he's all but guaranteed to reject in favor of a multi-year deal -- whether with the Giants or elsewhere.