Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/3/13
This past weekend, the San Francisco Giants locked up pending free agent right fielder Hunter Pence to a new 5-year, $90 million contract.  The 30-year old, two-time All-Star had expressed a strong interest in returning to the Giants after his contract was due to be up at season’s end, but talks throughout the season were minimal. Late Friday night however, after a game in which the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 and Pence received the team’s Willie Mac award (named after Giants great Willie McCovey – an award given to the Giants player who demonstrates the spirit and leadership that was consistently shown by McCovey throughout his hall-of-fame career), rumors started to swirl around the clubhouse and on twitter that a deal had begun to take shape with the Giants and in the final stages were being finalized.  The deal was officially announced and signed that Sunday. Since being traded to the Giants from the Philadelphia Phillies midway through the 2012 season, Pence has instal...
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