At one point in time, Hunter Pence was the young cornerstone around whom the Houston Astros were attempting to build a championship team.
However, those days are long gone.
With the Astros sporting baseball's worst record and Pence's contract beginning to become an albatross to the team's payroll (Pence is making $6.9 million in 2011 and is arbitration eligible for the next two seasons), now is looking like an opportune time for Houston to deal their stud rightfielder.
Pence, who has hit 25 home runs in each of his three full big league seasons, is sporting a lofty .315 batting average to go along with his 9 home runs and 53 RBI thus far in 2011.
Fittingly, there are a number of contending teams who would be enamored with the idea of adding Pence's big bat to their lineups.
Here are five potential suitors for Hunter Pence.