SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence have reached an agreement on a five year contract through 2018, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
"Ensuring that Hunter remained a Giant beyond this season was a top priority for the organization," said Sabean. "He was an integral part in helping us win the World Series last season and he provides our club with great veteran presence, both on the field and in the clubhouse, with just all the energy and passion that he brings to the field every day."
"I want to commend Brian Sabean, Bobby Evans, Hunter and his representatives for all their hard work to keep Hunter in a Giants uniform," said Larry Baer. "Hunter is a dynamic player that plays all out, all the time and who has already established himself as a fan favorite in his short time here. I'm excited to see him in a Giants uniform for the next five years."
Pence, who was named the Giants' "Willie Mac" Award winner on Friday night, has batted .282 with 35 doubles, 27 home runs and 96 RBI while going 22-for-25 in stolen base attempts in 161 games in his second season in a Giants uniform. His 27 home runs are a career-best and he's just four RBI shy of reaching the 100-plateau for the second straight campaign. Since the All-Star break, Pence has driven in 48 runs, the second-most of any National League player behind Washington's Jayson Werth (49).
The 30-year-old Texas native has started every one of the Giants' 161 season games this season and could become the first Giants player in the SF-era (since 1958) to start every regular season game in a season, and the first since Alvin Dark started all 154 games for the New York Giants in 1954. Pence is also seeking to become the first Giants player since Bobby Thomson to start every game of a season in the outfield. Thomson started all 156 games in center field for the New York Giants during the 1949 season. Entering today's game, Pence has started 170 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the National League and the second longest in the Majors behind Detroit's Prince Fielder, who has started 504 straight games.
A two-time National League All-Star (2009, 2011), Pence was acquired by the Giants from the Phillies at the trade deadline last season in exchange for Nate Schierholtz, minor league catcher Tommy Joseph and minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin. In just 59 games with the Giants last season he drove in 45 runs and helped spark the Giants to their second World Series title in the last three seasons.
The seven-year Major League veteran owns a .285 batting avg. with 165 home runs and 612 RBI in 1,055 games with Houston (2007-2011), Philadelphia (2011-12) and San Francisco (2012-13). He finished third in rookie of the year voting in 2007 after hitting .322 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI in 108 games with Houston.
Giants President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer, Vice President and Assistant General Manager Bobby Evans, Field Manager Bruce Bochy and outfielder Hunter Pence will be available to the media this morning at 11:00am in the Nick Peters Media Interview Room at AT&T Park.