SAN FRANCISCO — In recent days, Hunter Pence has filled his social media pages with short clips and photos from grueling offseason workouts. He took a brief break, though, to help with a little recruiting.
The Giants are waiting to see if Giancarlo Stanton will waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to San Francisco, and Pence chimed in Tuesday by sending out a post asking Stanton if he could imagine combining powers. Stanton was among the more than 10,000 people to like the tweet. A couple of Cardinals have also taken to social media to reach out to Stanton and outfielder Dexter Fowler responded to Pence’s post by writing, “not sure that's good job security for you.”
Fowler is technically correct. Pence has patrolled right field since being traded from Philadelphia in 2012, but that would be Stanton’s spot for the next decade if a trade happens. So why become one of two Giants -- along with Cory Gearrin -- to recruit Stanton on social media?
“Obviously I am here to help win any way possible, bottom line,” Pence said on Wednesday.
That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with his Giants career. It’s unclear what the team would do with the outfield going forward if Stanton does accept a deal. Pence and Denard Span are both in contract years and Span has already been told that he’s moving to left field. It’s possible there would be a platoon, or some kind of timeshare involving multiple positions, but that’s something to be worked out if a trade happens. For now, the Giants continue to wait.
Giancarlo Stanton isn't the most active person on Twitter. As of now, he hasn't sent a tweet since Nov. 18. And he has only "liked" 223 tweets.
One of them should stick out for Giants fans.
The last tweet Stanton pressed the heart of Twitter and the hearts of Giants fans, was Hunter Pence's tactic of convincing Stanton to accept a trade to the Giants. Pence sent the tweet on Tuesday morning, Stanton "liked" it on Wednesday morning.
Several players have tried to sway Stanton over Twitter, including Dexter Fowler making fun of Pence, but he has not "liked" or responded to any of them except for Pence's. He did, however, "like" an Instagram post from Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong.
UPDATE (4:59 pm PT, Tuesday): Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler is throwing shade on Twitter.
His St. Louis teammate, Kolten Wong, pitched Stanon on Instagram, comparing himself favorably to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The Cardinals are reportedly the other known finalist for Stanton, should he choose to waive his no-trade clause.
The San Francisco Giants feel last week's meeting with Giancarlo Stanton went well, but are still waiting on the reigning National League MVP's decision.
In the meantime, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is doing his part to help the Orange and Black land the Marlins slugger.
Pence tweeted a picture of Stanton in his Popeye the sailor Halloween costume, and Pence's Napoleon Dynamite get-up from a year ago, asking the reigning home run champ to imagine their "[p]owers combined."
The 34-year-old Pence could potentially see his role reduced if the Giants were to acquire Stanton, as both are right-fielders. Pence is entering the final year of a five-year extension he signed with San Francisco to avoid free agency in 2013.