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The Giants are interested in signing Hunter Pence to an extension

Sep 13, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants have expressed interested in signing outfielder Hunter Pence to a contract extension. Pence, 30, will become eligible for free agency for the first time in his career once the season is over. He has had one of the most productive seasons of his career, currently sitting on an .816 OPS with 21 home runs.

The five-year, $75.25 million contract the Braves gave B.J. Upton and the four-year, $48 million contract the Indians gave Michael Bourn — both signed during the past off-season — would serve as models for Pence’s extension.

Baggarly also notes that the Giants have not approached starter Tim Lincecum about an extension. The 29-year-old is wrapping up his second consecutive subpar season, currently posting a 4.40 ERA. He is earning $22 million this season, the final leg of a two-year, $40.5 million contract extension.

The Giants do plan to extend qualifying offers to both players, meaning that teams without protection would have to surrender a first round draft pick in order to sign either Pence or Lincecum.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I’m guessing the giants are hoping Lincicum excerpts the offer because I don’t really see how he will get 14 mil after two train wreck years. I see pence declining. may e getting 4 year 45-60 mil. a lot for te guy buy he just turned 30 so he can still be productive let’s say 2 maybe even 3 years of the contract. Plus he rarely gets hurt or misses playing time.

  2. mc1439 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    They better not sign him to an extension. I just went to a strip club and he better sign back with the Astros cuz he already got his fucking ring…. just saying.

  3. ch0psuey - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    They should sign him. He kinda sums up the Giants: weird, awkward and every once in a while they get really lucky and get one or two.

    • hcf95688 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Twice every 55 years! Hey, anyone can have an off half-decade.

  4. hcf95688 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    A new day, a new story about the giants. Here’s a story idea: Worst Title Defense Since Michael Spinks!

  5. stephenolszewski - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Indians could use him so bad I’m a huge fan of Pence and we need a RF. I like Stubbs but he can’t hit and the Indians need a bat

  6. phillyphan93 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Letting him go might go down as the single biggest mistake the Phillies made.

  7. chiadam - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Bourn and Upton can’t both serve as models. One will make almost $30 million more than the other.

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