The San Francisco Giants go into Saturday’s game looking to forget about Friday’s game, and most of the 2013 season, considering they are in fourth place in the NL West and eight games out of a playoff spot. With the trade deadline about four days away, now might be a good time for the Giants to decide what they are going do to with some of their trade-able assets, especially the ones that will become Free Agents at the end of the season. The player that might net the highest return? None other than our favorite gangly outfielder, Hunter Pence. Ken Rosenthal tweeted this out just before noon PST:
July 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) hits a RBI-single to score second baseman Marco Scutaro (19, not pictured) in front of Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (39, left) during the third inning at AT
If the Giants can’t receive a pretty good return for Pence, I don’t mind the Giants keeping him around for first dibs on signing a long-term contract after giving him a qualifying offer. While the Giants may have a few options in the off-season to choose from besides Hunter — options could include Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran, and the probably suspended Nelson Cruz — nobody likes being forced into a corner to sign a 30-something year old player to four to five years to eat up ten percent of a owner-set roster cap. While Hunter Pence may be the star of the show right now for expected-to-be-traded-Giants, the player I expect to be dealt first would be situational lefty and master strutter Javier Lopez. From there, we’ll see if the Giants get to dealing Hunter Pence, and maybe even Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo, two players the Giants have sounded pretty set on keeping around.