San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Hunter Pence wasn't dealt at the trade
deadline in July for the first time in three years and will remain with the
San Francisco Giants for the foreseeable future after signing a five-year
contract on Sunday.
Pence went from Houston to Philadelphia at the 2011 deadline, then was sent to
San Francisco last July. He remained put this year with free agency
approaching, but the Giants on Sunday locked him up through the 2018 season.
Financial terms weren't disclosed, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported
the contract to be worth $90 million. The paper said Pence wanted a six-year
deal and the Giants were offering four, so they compromised and also included
a no-trade clause.
"Ensuring that Hunter remained a Giant beyond this season was a top priority
for the organization," said Giants general manager Brian Sabean. "He was an
integral part in helping us win the World Series last season and he provides
our club with great veteran presence, both on the field and in the clubhouse,
with just all the energy and passion that he brings to the field every day."
Pence entered Sunday's season-finale with a .282 batting average and team
highs of 27 homers and 96 runs batted in. He also leads the club with 22
The 30-year-old Texas native is a two-time All-Star (2009, 2011) in seven big
league seasons. He has a career average of .285 with 165 homers and 612 RBI in
1,055 games with Houston (2007-11), Philadelphia (2011-12) and San Francisco
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