The San Francisco Giants have been quiet as far as MLB trade rumors go as we creep toward the deadline. The only name to pop up in a big way so far has been Hunter Pence.
Don’t expect anything to come of it.
San Francisco does not have any plans of moving Pence. He was too critical last year in the postseason and has a strong bond with the fans. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the Giants won’t move Pence unless they are blown away:
Pence was a bit of a surprise to be traded at the deadline last July, but the Giants have a greater attachment to him than did the Phillies, even though he’s a free agent-to-be this year. Pence helped the Giants win their second World Series in three years in 2012, thanks to his inspirational speech before Game 3 of the NLDS vs. the Reds when the Giants were down 2-0 in games, and also to his famed ‘triple double’ base-hit when he actually struck a pitched ball multiple times, leading to a spinning ground double that cleared the bases in the Giants’ Game 7 NLCS win over the Cardinals.
Pence is not going anywhere. There is not a team out there that will offer what it would take to rip him away from an organization that adores him at this point.
The Giants need Pence and he has more than earned his keep. The Phillies may have tossed him aside, but don’t expect the Giants to follow suit. San Francisco would have to take a serious nose dive or see an offer they simply cannot refuse to move him at this point.
Expect things to remain quiet.
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