Found September 13, 2013 on MLB Injury News:

Last year the Giants acquired Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Nate Schierholtz and Tommy Joseph, who at the time was one of the Giants' top prospects. When Pence came to San Francisco he brought a new element to the team. He added a power element to the team and he was a crucial piece for them during their playoff run. Pence was not only a presence in the lineup, but he was a presence in the clubhouse. In a short amount of time, Pence established himself as a leader on the team. Pence gave an inspiring speech before game three in Cincinnati and it lit a fire underneath the Giants. The team played with more energy, passion and fight. They weren't going to be denied of a chance to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. The Giants won the series against the Reds and went to the World Series. They played the Detroit Tigers, who were a good hitting team with great pitching. The Giants ended up sweeping the Tigers in four games to win the World Series. Pence's impact on the Giants cannot be overstated. He is a leader, a guy the younger players lean on from day one for advice. Pence, in a nutshell, is the ultimate pro. The Giants know this and have now begun contract discussions with the free agent to be, according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Here is Schulman with more on the situation: Source tells me Pence-#sfgiants talks thus far have been "minimal" and won't accelerate till assistant GM Bobby Evans returns from the D.R. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 14, 2013 The Giants will try to keep Pence from hitting the open market this offseason. Schulman says that Pence likely will command $15 million or more per year for multiple seasons. While the price is steep, Pence is worth it. On the season, Pence is hitting .289 with 21 home runs, 81 RBI's and 21 stolen bases. Pence is the first Giants to have a season with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases since Barry Bonds did it in 1998. Locking up Pence would be an incredibly wise move for the Giants, as they would be locking up a guy to build around for years to come. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertMurrayMLB Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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