Con #1: He fits best in the AL
At this point in his career, Pence is going to be most successful playing for an American League team.
His defense has declined and his chances of staying healthy improve greatly if he is only focused on hitting.
While we’d all love to believe that he could put up the same kind of numbers he did last year in a Giants uniform, in reality, his stats would likely decline with a return to regularly playing defense.
Maybe the new swing that brought him success last year would easily transfer back to the Bay Area, but something tells me he would inevitably see a dip in production.
There’s a case to be made that even with a slight dip in production, he would still be more productive than several of the team’s other outfield options. Regardless, he remains better suited for the AL at this point in his career.