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UPDATE: Hunter Pence-to-the-Giants report is shot down by Giants executive

Jul 30, 2012, 6:47 AM EDT

UPDATE: Well, maybe not:


6:47 AM: There is a lot uncertainty about this at the moment. It’s not been confirmed by anyone at the moment (given the hour no surprise). Watch for updates.

6: 38 AMKPIX TV in San Francisco is reporting that The Giants “have a deal in place” to acquire Hunter Pence from the Phillies, pending ownership approval. At the moment there’s no word on who would head back to Philly if the deal is approved.

The Phillies have been letting other clubs know that Pence is available for several days now, and the Giants’ three-runs over three games against the Dodgers this past weekend may very well have been the final impetus Brian Sabean needed to add a bat.

Pence is hitting .268/.333/.44 on the season with 17 home runs and 59 RBI. He struggled in April, raked in May and June and has once again hit the skids in July so it’s been something of an erratic year for him.  Still, he’d represent a power upgrade for the Giants who only have two dudes with as many as 10 home runs. Pence is 30 and he’s got one year left of team control, and his arbitration award in 2013 could be around $12-13 million bucks.

The ownership approval part is interesting. I assume that means Giants owners given it would require them taking on a largish salary commitment. Could be the Phillies owners, though. But really, I see no reason why the people who currently own the Phillies — the Atlanta Braves — would balk at such a deal.

  1. skerney - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    As a lifelong Giants fan my head says ‘No Thanks.” But after a sweep my heart says ” Yes Please!” If it’s true, I can stand regretting it in the morning. (As long as the Giants keep Gary Brown and Joe Panik.)

  2. skerney - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Also Craig, the part about the Phiilies’ owners, I see what you did there.

    • bigleagues - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      Awesome line about the Phillies ‘ownership’!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Someone’s doing some Monday morning trolling.

  3. phillyfanmatt - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Or is it pending giants’ ownership approval?

  4. vicvega422 - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Atl as Phil’s owners? Did your mom tell you to say that ?don’t deny it….she is laying right here next to me.

    • CJ - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      There’s no need for mom jokes. Craig may be the “Master Baiter”, but you can’t hate when he’s right. Braves have just pwned the Phils lately, there’s no arguing that.

  5. koufaxmitzvah - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    I’ll take “Moves the Giants are desperate to make after the Dodgers whipped their butts for 3 straight days and are now tied for first” for $200, Alex.

  6. georgia - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Aside from a lack of home runs, the Giants did sport a pretty strong outfield around May. Blanco, Pagan, and Cabrera were all performing pretty strongly, but that’s not so much the case collectively now.

  7. bigleagues - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    That’s MY BOY, Bobby Evans!

    If he says it, I believe it. I’m serious.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Owned by the Braves, and everyone else. Hell, the way the Phils have been passed around this year, the braves better invest in a blood test to ensure they’re disease free.

    • CJ - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      hey now, that’s not entirely true. If the Phillies could’ve play the Rockies and Brewers all season, they’d be a playoff team.

      Then again, so would pretty much every team except for the Astros.

  9. bleedeaglesgreen - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Wow, does this two bit hack do any research before “breaking” a story? First, lets start with facts, hes 28 not 30, his arbitration will be closer to 15 rather than 12-13, which is the reason the phillies would consider moving him. Secondly, just because one nobody wants to increase his twitter following and create a story all of a sudden makes it true? Now i understand its stated as a rumor, but at least put a little effort into confirming its truth before reporting. The only way he gets moved is if the Phillies get “blown away with an offer” and i highly doubt one catching prospect would constitute being blown away.
    As far as the braves owning the phillies? You could easily say the same thing about the dodgers owning the giants this weekend, which is what would cause a knee jerk reaction like this on the giants behalf anyway

    • paperlions - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      That’s the thing, Pence isn’t worth $12M, much less $15M….so teams may not be willing to offer him arbitration, making his trade value low as all teams are getting in return is 2 months…they’ll have to overpay to keep him longer than that.

      ….and Pence isn’t 28 or 30, he’s 29. If you are going to go off on a ranting diatribe about accuracy, at least be accurate yourself.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

        How do you know his age? Have you seen his birth certificate? Are you sure he’s not really Juan Valdez, a fourtysomething Colombian who is paying to use the identity of Hunter Pence?

      • bleedeaglesgreen - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        @paperlions i do stand corrected, your right he’s 29, i was a little tired and wound up when i went on my rant. I actually did know his age. As far as the money, i completely agree he’s not worth $15mil but can u honestly see a team not offering him arbitration, and letting him walk scot-free with no compensation? I just dont see it. Because his is a good ballplayer, just maddening to watch because of his approach and lack of patience at the plate.
        I just really cant stand craig calcaterra, he’s constantly reporting things that has no evidence or basis. And is notorious for distributing misinformation. So while i do admit i myself made a simple typo in age, i do not for a second believe craig made the same mistake. He’s so eager to be first to report something he rarely checks facts

      • Alex K - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        Craig was passing along something that someone else reported, not trying to break news. That is another feather in the cap of “not being accurate when on an accuracy rant.” We all know he likes to poke fun and bait Phillies Phans…..your response is the reason why.

      • bleedeaglesgreen - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Actually he WAS trying to “break” the story, he is obligated by law to credit where the story came from. Notice how this “story” doesnt appear on any other major creditable news/rumor sites. He wants the so called glory of being the man who broke it nationally.

      • Alex K - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        You’re wrong. Who “breaks” the story is the person or new outlet who first reports it. Not the person who writes a blog post about a rumor or news that they read or heard elsewhere. In this situation KPIX TV in San Fransico would be the news outlet breaking the story.

  10. kiwicricket - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Too young, too productive for Sabe’s taste. No deal.

  11. temporarilyexiled - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Regardless of what happens, I think the key takeaway from this is the reference to ownership approval. My belief is that when you try to size up an organization, you start at the top. That’s where agendas are set. And everyone else that wants to keep their job will do that bidding. In a business clearly in the public eye, that includes lots of spin control. Sabean and Bochy take a lot of crap around the nation. A lot of local fans follow suit, but they also direct their anger much higher. The Giants will be major players in the offseason, if and only when ownership decides that winning and the bottom line are not mutually exclusive. Which is worse, giving more bad contracts, or not even going for quality talent, when your farm system hasn’t produced many good hitters in two decades? What about fixing the farm system AND making smart moves that aren’t of the snore variety? As long as you can make money owning the Cubs, you can pretty much assume there are plenty of other ownership groups equally committed to not being committed. It’d sure be nice to see the Giants break away from this distasteful bunch.

  12. illcomm - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Yeah u swept the Phils, but nobody showed up to the stadium to watch. kind of pathetic the braves cant sell out a game.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Why the hell should I care? I don’t work for the Braves.

      • temporarilyexiled - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

        Okay, maybe the comment was a cheap shot. And since you don’t live in the South (which I do) you’ve got no reason to feel bad about the lack of fan support at the ballpark. But it is worthy to note that the Braves and Florida teams have trouble getting fans to show up. You’d think a classy team like the Braves could overcome what appears to be a lack of interest in baseball below a certain latitude, but they haven’t been able to do so. But hey, I’d trade with you in a heartbeat. You’ve got ownership actually committed to winning. My team sells out their beautiful facility every game, but can’t produce hitters and has a greedy ownership group that won’t commit to winning.

      • dennisund - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        You should care because you are taking pride in the actions of the baseball team you follow, whereas the group you actually belong to, the fans, should be ashamed. Nonetheless, continue fearing another disasterous collapse to miss out on the playoffs, don’t think the Phils couldn’t help with that (again) in September.

      • webster99 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM


    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Does this kind of comment still pass for clever? Plus, there were 40,000 there for the Friday and Saturday games. Not sellouts (never likely when your stadium seats 50,000), but damn good crowds.

      • dennisund - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        24,000 on Sunday? Less than 50% capacity. Wow.

    • oltanya - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Welcome to the realities of recession.

  13. illcomm - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    attendance on Sunday was below 24,000. that’s less than 50% capacity. that’s pathetic n yes Craig u work as a volunteer braves fans.

  14. jjevans24je - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Just like Atl owned Philly in game 162 last season?

    • dennisund - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      C’mon, they didn’t NEED to win game 162, just one win in that series would have gotten them in.

  15. phillyphan83 - Jul 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    awww, the 90’s seem so long ago, don’t they Craig??

  16. xmatt0926x - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I don’t know. I did get a nice chuckle at Craig’s jab at the Braves owning the Phillies. It’s just clever and jerky enough to work. That being said I don’t know how much chirping I’d do if I was Braves fan. Lets not forget that it’s only the Red Sox and their slightly larger failure at the end of last year that keeps the Braves out of the history books as the biggest chokers coming down the stretch with basically the same team they have this year. For the last 3 or 4 years all Phillies fans have heard from Braves fans is that the Braves and some fantasy great pitching staff would be dominating the division for years to come. Let me know when it shows up. Also, let me know when their ownership actually makes a bold move at the trade deadline to actually give themselves a chance to win anything. Ruben may be a boob but I’ll take the ownership that actually tries to win over the corporate bean counters any day. Enjoy the phillies downfall this season Braves fans. Your wildcard is well deserved, assuming you guys don’t choke it up again.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Jul 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Still hard to believe that Philly won all those ring during this dynasty of theirs.

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