SF Giants Rumors: Theriot, Wilson, Arbitration, Pence In His Walk Year

HunterPenceRFR.J. White of CBSSports.com says the San Francisco Giants are still interested in bringing back infielder Ryan Theriot. The Philadelphia Phillies are also showing interest in Theriot.

Wilson Not Major League Ready, Yet

Mike Puma of the New York Post says the New York Mets aren’t impressed with Brian Wilson. Wilson didn’t wow them at this point in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. If Wilson is still available during Spring Training, the Mets could be interested in holding another audition for him. Puma also points out that Wilson isn’t interested in a minor league deal, and the Mets don’t think he’s worthy of a major league deal at this point in his rehab.


Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Sergio Romo, Jose Mijares, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias have all filed for arbitration.

Pence In His Walk Year

Baggarly also revisits GM Brian Sabean making it clear at the Winter Meetings that the team will only discuss a one-year deal with Pence. Which means, Pence will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season.

I’m sure Sabean is skeptical about locking Pence up long-term because of his struggles with the bat in a Giants uniform. He only hit .219 in 59 games with the Giants. However, Pence did manage to drive in 45 runs for the G-men.

The Bill James Handbook projects Pence to hit .277 with 23 homers and 88 RBI’s for the 2013 season. Yes, that’s his projection with half of his games at AT&T Park. I’m banking on Pence being a lot more comfortable in 2013. If he ends up having a monster year, the Giants could find themselves in a bidding war to try to bring him back in 2014 and beyond.

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  • Paul Moore says:

    I could be wrong but Pence seems to have so many things wrong with his swing. He has so much power that I feel when the bat get lucky and hits the ball it goes out but again I feel the way he bats he cannot be consistant with his hitting. So batting him 4 or 5 is really a reach.

  • Paul,

    Thanks for the comment! Pence was pressing with the Giants after the trade. His average was only .219 with the Giants. He does find a way to drive in a lot of runs though. Which, makes him a good fit at the 5 and 6 spots in the lineup. It’s a contract year for him, so I expect a good or monster season from him!