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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Pro #2: He fills a need

Outside of Mike Yastrzemski, there are no players guaranteed a spot in the outfield to begin the season.

Alex Dickerson and Steven Duggar may be the early favorites for the other two starting jobs, but they will have to perform well in spring training to secure a spot.

Therefore, it would make some sense to bring in another offensive-minded outfielder to give Dickerson, Duggar and the rest of the outfielders in camp some additional competition.

The question remains whether Pence could still reliably play in the outfield, but if he hits like he did last season, then it may well be worth adding him to the roster.

To account for his defense and to keep him healthy, Pence would fit best in a platoon role, so he would have to be willing to accept a lesser role as an outfielder over a potential everyday spot as a designated hitter.