In probably the most revered move of the offseason, the Giants brought back Hunter Pence on a one-year deal. He had an All-Star year with the Texas Rangers last season, and will now bring his revamped swing back to San Francisco.
Beyond the nostalgia, the Pence signing made sense from a roster standpoint. Last season, he tore it up against left-handed pitching with a .327/.378/.636 line against southpaws.
That makes him an ideal platoon candidate with left-handed hitting Alex Dickerson in left field.
Pence was signed to a one-year, $3 million deal, so he will almost certainly make the team. The signing may have been in part a strategic ploy to win some good will from the fanbase, but Pence will also make the Giants a better team in 2020.