More specifically, the Giants may be forced to explore moving their top trade chip, outfielder Hunter Pence, who’s likely to command a favorable return from teams targeting him out of necessity.
Acquired from Philadelphia last season just before the July 31 deadline, Pence and the Giants avoided arbitration during the offseason by agreeing to a one-year, $13.8 million deal. He will become a free agent after the 2013 season.
Although several teams have already expressed interest in the 30-year-old outfielder, the Giants are unlikely to move him this season unless they are overwhelmed by a specific offer, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
With that being said, here’s a look at five teams capable of flattering the Giants with a loaded prospect package in exchange for Pence before the deadline.