Personally, I am a big fan of Hunter Pence. Another former Giant, Pence is a three time All-Star and two time World Series Champion. A career .280 hitter, Pence is an old school kind of baseball player.
He always showed a lot of hustle on the field and was a tough guy to take out of the lineup throughout his career. In fact, he started all 162 games over both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He was mainly a right fielder with the Giants, but also has the versatility to play in left if need be.
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Despite for my respect for the player that Pence once was, he isn’t that guy anymore. His productivity has been declining over the previous few season as he has been plagued by injuries.
Last season, Pence appeared in just 97 games for the Giants and posted career lows in home runs, batting average and on-base percentage. He’ll be 36 years old going into next season and if he doesn’t rebound, it may very well be his last year.
Minor League deal, Invitation to Spring Training
This contract would be a low risk, high reward deal. Like I said, Pence just had the worst year of his career, but he’s and old school player and he loves the game.
He’s already earned a ton of money over his career and could have hung up his cleats after last years dreadful season, but he didn’t. Instead, Pence decided to rework his swing and is currently spending his off-season playing in the Dominican Winter League, trying to prove that he could still play at the major league level.
Next season, all he’ll be looking for is a chance to prove he can play, and I think it could be worthwhile for the Mets to give it to him.