Hunter Pence is closing in on a five-year, $90 million extension with the Giants, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Pence will receive a full no-trade clause as part of the deal, which is pending a physical.
Last week, Heyman said the Giants were interested in retaining Pence beyond this season, and intended to make a qualifying offer to him in the off-season.
Michael Baron, ContributorPence would have been a nice fit for the Mets should he have hit the open market. He has been an underrated player his entire career, presumably because he’s mostly played in smaller markets and is not the most graceful player in the game. He has always been a slugger and he’s having a fantastic finish to this season. He’s a decent outfielder but has shown he can at least manage large expanses by his ability to play in AT&T Park and the big ballparks in the National League West. He’s also shown to be a grinder and a guy who plays every single day, and is very well liked by his teammates regardless of the team he plays for.
Anyway, this should have some significance on Shin-Shoo Choo’s market this winter. The Mets reportedly have already discussed signing Choo internally, and this deal for Pence should serve as an initial baseline for Choo’s market. These players are coming off similar seasons, and are a similar age as well. Choo actually has a higher career OPS than Pence, which could help his standing in the free agent market this winter.
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