SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) – The outfield trading market, once bordering on woeful, looks a bit better with Hunter Pence available and hitting well. Giancarlo Stanton, Michael Cuddyer and Jose Bautista remain all but certain to stay put, but Pence is a big add to a fairly thin group.
A year ago, Pence became an instrumental deadline-day acquisition for the San Francisco Giants, helping them to a second World Series title in three years, thanks to his “triple-double” hit, inspiring speeches and more. He could become a key pickup again.
The Giants are cast in an unfamiliar role as seller now, but they have to understand that is their lot. After a four-game sweep at home (all one-run losses) at the hands of baseball’s biggest sellers, the Cubs, the Giants dipped to last in the NL West (46-58). But beyond the fact that they are just about out of it, they look like they could badly use a rest. Their great rotation is just worn out after so many extra October games last year.
With Pence a free agent after the season, it’s logical for him to go. “He’s available,” one rival GM said. “But they’re not going to give him away.”
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