After Hunter Pence and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer were spotted in the clubhouse having an animated (positive) conversation last night, it seemed inevitable that the two sides would agree on a contract that would keep the would be free agent in San Francisco.
Just over twelve hours later, it’s done as according to a handful of sources, the San Francisco Giants have re-signed Pence to a five year, $90 million dollar deal.
Per Alex Pavlovic:
Giants and Pence agree to five year deal.
John Shea also confirmed the news, first reported by Jon Heyman:
#sfgiants have new five-year deal for Hunter Pence.
And the original confirmation:
Pence, Giants nearing $90M deal.
The Giants’ outfielder, who they acquired during the 2012 trade deadline had the best season (statistically) of his career this year, posting a .282 average to go alongside 26 home runs and 94 RBI, all while playing very solid defense in right field.
San Francisco is shedding the albatross contract of Barry Zito this offseason, so with money to spend, the team made Pence their first priority.
Pence won the highly coveted ‘Willie Mac’ award prior to Friday night’s game against the San Diego Padres, an award voted on by teammates and presented to the player who most exemplifies spirit and leadership.