Hunter Pence has been an everyday player his entire 11-year career. But that could change in 2018.
The Giants' goal this offseason is to improve their outfield defense and they could mean a reduced role for the 34-year-old Pence.
GM Bobby Evans spoke to ESPN about Pence's future during the GM Meetings in Orlando on Tuesday.
"Our focus is center field, and we've got to do everything we can to upgrade the defense. If that moves Pence into more of a part-time role, we have to be prepared for that," Evans said.
In seven of Pence's 11 seasons, he has played in at least 154 games. He played in all 162 games in 2013 and 2014, but over the last three seasons, he's been hampered by injuries, causing his production to suffer. After hitting 47 home runs in his first two full seasons with the Giants, Pence has hit just 35 over the last three seasons.
"Hunter's not a part-time kind of guy, but we have to do everything we can to be better out there -- and be open-minded," Evans said.
For the second straight season, Pence had a minus-3 Defensive Runs Saved in right field.
Pence is entering the final year of a five-year, $90 million contract with the Giants and is set to make $18.5 million in 2018. Only Johnny Cueto, Buster Posey and Jeff Samardzija will make more with the Giants in 2018.
We have some sad news to report.
Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.
Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.
Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.
When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.
The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.
San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.
"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."
While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for.
"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says.
Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020.
"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said.
The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.