Hunter Pence was supposed to help the Philadelphia Phillies back to the World Series. After a first-round exit in last season’s to the St. Louis Cardinals, Pence was sent packing. He was shipped to the San Francisco Giants in a cost-cutting move.
In exchange for Pence, the Phillies received major league outfielder Nate Schierholtz, along with minor league catcher Tommy Joseph, and minor league pitcher Seth Rosin. Joseph appeared in the Futures Game with the Team United States.
The Giants also received cash considerations in the deal.
Pence is expected to become the Giants starting right fielder. He has been a starting right fielder for much of his career, with the Houston Astros and the Phillies for the past year.
Pence is not living up to his career stats that happened during the 2011 season. He is batting .271 in 101 games with Philadelphia, but last season, he had a .314 batting average between the Astros and the Phillies.
He has 17 homes runs this season and 131 overall. He also has 15 doubles this season, which is a 172 in his career in 835 games.
Pence was signed to a 1-year, $10.4 million dollar contract prior to this season. On the other hand, Schierholtz is only making $1.3 million this season.
Schierholtz could replace Pence in right field for the Phillies, as he was primarily a right fielder for the Giants for the past six years. He had a .257 batting average and five home runs in 77 games this season.
Joseph could replace Carlos Ruiz in a few years, as he is considered to be a future starter in the league. He was batting .260 in 80 games with Double-A Richmond.
Rosin was 2-1 with a 4.31 ERA and 10 saves at Single-A San Jose.