San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Francisco Giants signed Hunter Pence to a five-year contract extension with a no-trade clause for a reported $90 million Saturday.
Pence’s annual $18 million salary is the second-highest-paid Giants’ position players, both in total and annual contract value, behind catcher Buster Posey’s nine-year, $167 million contract.
It is also commensurate with the salaries of the Majors’ best-paid outfielders.
The Giants were eager to retain Pence for his on-field prowess and off-field intangibles.
He the NL with 369 putouts and leads the team in numerous offensive categories, including homers with 27, slugging percentage with .484, RBIs with 96, runs with 91, doubles with 35 triples with five and stolen bases with 22.
Pence also received the 2013 Willie Mac Award as the team’s most inspirational player Friday.
Teammates recalled that while trailing Cincinnati two games to none in the Division Series and facing elimination, Pence delivered an impassioned speech to his teammates before Game 3. San Francisco won in 10 innings, 2-1, launching its march to a World Series triumph.
“The score could be 20-0 in the ninth with two outs and he’d still think we can win,” said Giants outfielder Angel Pagan.
“You know what kind of energy he brings to the clubhouse. I’d love to have him here the rest of his career,” left-hander Madison Bumgarner said.
Quipped right-hander Matt Cain, “He’s definitely an exciting player to watch for us as teammates, and he brings that excitement to the stadium for the fans, too.”
The Giants acquired Pence from Philadelphia in 2012 for right fielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph and Minor League right-hander Seth Rosin. Pence hit only .219 in 59 games for the Giants yet drove in 45 runs.
Pence finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting with the Houston Astros in 2007.