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Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 11:00 a.m ET
As MLB Trade Rumors explains in a recent post, the San Francisco Giants have quite a few players eligible for arbitration.
Not just any players either. We're talking about key pieces like NL MVP candidate Buster Posey, along with relievers Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla and Brian Wilson. All of those players are likely to be brought back with arbitration-fueled raises.
Another player eligible for arbitration and a significant raise is outfielder Hunter Pence. He made $10.4 million last season, according to Cot's Contracts, and is projected for a raise of approximately $3 million.
Overall last season, Pence hit .253 with a .743 OPS while slugging 24 home runs with 102 RBI. Those weren't spectacular numbers, though the home run and RBI numbers look impressive.
With the Giants, Pence batted .219 with a .671 OPS, seven homers and 45 RBI. He wasn't much better in the postseason with a .210 average, .521 OPS, one home run and four RBI.
That's not the kind of production San Francisco envisioned when the team acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies before the trade deadline. Yet in this era of baseball, Pence is still looking at getting a hefty raise.
But do the Giants want to give Pence that raise? They can choose not to tender him a contract instead. Of course, that would mean that the team got little in return for sending top catching prospect Tommy Joseph, pitcher Seth Rosin and outfielder Nate Schierholtz to Philadelphia.
Pence also became a popular player in San Francisco during the last half of the season. During the playoffs, he became known for his fiery pregame speeches. Yet the Giants could use that money to re-sign Angel Pagan and perhaps bring in a significant upgrade like Josh Hamilton.
However, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, there's no question about offering Pence arbitration. He'll get a salary between $13 million and $14 million next season and be the Giants' right fielder.