Just a few days ago, it was reported that the San Francisco Giants and free agent to be Hunter Pence hadn’t progressed much on contract extension talks.
That wasn’t to suggest that the Giants didn’t want Pence back or that the outfielder wanted to seek employment elsewhere. In fact, none of the above was true as the Giants have been more than open in admitting they want Pence back while Pence himself has suggested he wanted to return to San Francisco.
The lack of contractual progress likely stemmed from the fact that the Giants were still playing and there simply wasn’t a lot of time to get Pence, his agent and the Giants’ front office all together at the same time, so the San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer took matters into his own hands in the most unconventional way.
Baer walked over to Pence in the locker room after Friday’s win over the San Diego Padres, pulled him away from the media scrum and two apparently began talking contract extension – right there – fully in front of the media:
In a remarkable scene inside the postgame clubhouse, Pence and Giants president Larry Baer engaged in a lengthy, animated discussion that they moved from the center of the room as reporters gathered hoping to talk to Pence about his home run and the award.
Pence then retreated to a private area of the clubhouse where he presumably called his agent to discuss what he and Baer discussed.
While no deal has been reached yet, it appears the Giants and Pence may come to an agreement soon.