Tuesday, January 15, 2013

.218/.287/.384

What's that? It's the slash line for what looks like a pretty awful player -- in this case, try Hunter Pence's slash line as a Giant.It did include 45 RBIs to go along with 59 as Phillie but still -- it really stinks.

Lefty Malo has a solid post previewing spring training and speculating on the arbitration cases. Pence's offense as a Giant was so lousy enough that Left eve speculates that he could be traded ....  


Posey might get an extension, but one for Pence is less likely after his frustrating post-trade bat work. If there are any more trades to be made, which I'm not betting on, my guess is something would center around Pence. No one's going to take on Pence's salary, estimated to be something like $14 M in his final arb year, but if the Giants figure out a way to upgrade their outfield from another direction -- say, a trade for Mike Morse to play left field, or something even more out of the blue -- I could see them releasing Pence, saving that cash, and shifting Blanco to right field, which defensively would make a lot of sense.

but like I said, I don't expect it to happen. More likely they figure Pence will settle in, settle down, and produce something more like the Bill James' projection (.277 / .338 /.464) or his career line (.285 / .339 / .475). Those would be nice. Anything better than his miserable line as a Giant would be nice. After all, he's not going to Huffplode on us...


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