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Giants: Pros and cons of a reunion with Hunter Pence

Nick San Miguel
Hunter Pence. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Hunter Pence. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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The San Francisco Giants brought back Pablo Sandoval on Wednesday. Could a reunion with fellow fan favorite Hunter Pence be next?

More than a few fans were surprised when news broke on Wednesday that the San Francisco Giants are bringing back Pablo Sandoval on a minor league deal.

Could the front office surprise us even more by bringing back another fan favorite?

Outfielder Hunter Pence, one of the most beloved Giants players in recent franchise history, is still available on the free-agent market.

He enjoyed a stellar comeback season with the Texas Rangers in 2019, hitting .297/.358/.552 with 18 home runs and 59 RBI.

It should be noted that he did this primarily as a designated hitter, so conventional wisdom says he would be better served to stay in the A.L. at this point in his career.

Despite that, there have been recent reports linking the Giants to Pence.

Why not have another hit of nostalgia after bringing back the Panda?

These reports will surely animate fans both for and against the move.

Some will scoff at the proposition of bringing back a 36-year-old who has not stayed healthy for an entire season in quite some time. Others are desperately looking for any excuse to watch a team that is bound to be bad in 2020. Pablo is one reason and Pence could be another.

Regardless, there remains a possibility, however slim and unlikely, that Pence could once again be a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Therefore, let us take a look at some of the pros and cons of bringing back the beloved veteran.