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Report: Reds inquired about the availability of Hunter Pence

Jul 29, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have inquired about the availability of Giants’ outfielder Hunter Pence. Nothing appears to be imminent, as Heyman writes that the two sides don’t “look like a match so far.”

Heyman writes that the Reds are on the lookout for a right-handed bat, so Pence would fit the bill there, but the Reds would have a bit of a logjam in their outfield when Ryan Ludwick returns from his minor league rehab assignment. Still, he’s far from a sure thing to be productive immediately following shoulder surgery.

Heyman reported earlier today that the Giants plan to make a qualifying offer to Pence before he hits free agency this winter, so the asking price in trades figures to be significant. Still, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the defending World Series champions are willing to entertain offers on their veteran players.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    The Reds should continue to shop around. Pence is so 2012.

    • jsizzle13 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions. Who else is there in the right handed bat department?

  2. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Whats wrong with Xavier Paul/ Heisey platoon. Both are very good


    great lineup

  3. therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    DJ writes that “the Reds are on the lookout for a right-handed bat,” but reports that, according to Heyman, the Reds and Pence “don’t look like a match.”

    Could that be because the Reds would prefer a batter who can find his way to the plate without tripping over his shoelaces?

    Seriously, though…Pence has been deadline bait three (four?) years running now. I guess he’s just good enough to be valuable at the deadline and he puts up decent numbers, too. Why doesn’t he stick?

    Hunter, you might want to invest in a better set of travel bags, and forget about shopping for mortgage agents.

  4. theroc5156 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Reds need someone who can hit with RISP. They are dreadful at that.

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