Sherman: Yankees have asked about Hunter Pence


Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees have asked the Giants about the availability of Hunter Pence. It’s unclear if they’re still interested after acquiring Alfonso Soriano. Ken Rosenthal says San Francisco will indeed entertain offers for the free-agent-to-be outfielder. The reigning World Champs have lost 26 of their last 37 games (!) and are nine games out of a playoff spot.

Pence, 30, is hitting .278/.321/.459 (119 wRC+) with 14 homers and 14 steals in 436 plate appearances this year, including a stellar 166 wRC+ against southpaws. He’s an average to slightly below-average defender in right and is owed approximately $4.8M through the end of the season. Pence is a rock solid player who got overrated earlier in his career because he was the proverbial “best player on a bad team,” but he would be a huge upgrade to the current Yankees. He won’t come cheap, but even with Soriano aboard, New York should make a run at him. There are plenty of ways to get someone like this into the lineup.

Categories : Asides, Trade Deadline
  • Mike W

    To what end? Empty farm to play one wild card game just so Yankees can feed ego’s and raise prices again next year..

    • Oy

      This. Pence would be the best bat on the market. Giving up a top 5 and a top 10 prospect for him would be idiotic for Yanks.

      • Bronx Bombers23

        Both of these comments echo my sentiments. Stop trading for stopgaps! This team is not going anywhere this year, no matter how many vets we stick on this ancient roster.

        Look to the future and stop it with this pipe dream that we are legitimate WS contenders this year. We’re not. Time to face reality.

        • Jacob the OG

          I agree no top 10 prospects for him, send them FHOF Ronnier

      • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

        Well, yeah. That would be idiotic, but we really don’t know what they would be giving up, but I do know that they wouldn’t be giving up what you suggested.

  • stuart a

    FA end of year. why give up prospects for a rental they are not close…

    if the price is real cheap maybe, real cheap..

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I like Pence as a player and he would make this team better but what do you do when Granderson returns? Do you carry 5 outfielders? Would only make sense imo if one of them is DHing in every game but with Jeter (and probably A-Rod) on the team I just don’t see that happening. If you still see a need to add players (I don’t tbh, just sell) then get a 3B, a SS or a catcher (and maybe even a 1B).

    Maybe the Giants would accept Hughes and Joba for Pence? That would be awesome. At first it doesn’t seem to make much sense for the Giants but they could take a closer look at Hughes before deciding if he’s worth a multi-year deal in the offseason.

  • Scout

    “Dog bites man.” I’m sure every other team with play-off aspirations — that would be about 15 teams –looking for a bat has also asked about Pence, and about every other good hitter on non-contending teams who might be available.

    • trr

      Anyway, it’s becoming clearer and clearer there are just too many damn holes to fill this year

  • http://Riveraveblues Austinmac

    No trading for departing players please. This team is 24-32 in the last one- third plus of the season. Giving assets for a pointless run to finish over .500 is a big mistake.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I agree…sadly.

  • Will

    Hindsight is 20/20 but its frustrating to think that the Yankees right handed hitter/outfielder problems could’ve been solved with the signing of Cespedes, Puig, Leonys Martin and/or Soler (for the future) in the past two years. Now they seem to be hoarding older players on multiyear deals with little left in the tank (Ichiro, Wells, Soriano). What is worse is that they have to shell out money and actual prospects for marginal upgrades that aren’t worth it. I like Hunter Pence but I don’t consider him an impact bat. He’s a nice complemetary player but his flaws (lack of patience, poor defense) outweighs the things that he does do right. I would have rather the Yankees not signed Ichiro, not traded for Wells/Soriano and signed Schierholz and Russell Martin as Mike revealed to us.

    Unfortunately the Steinbrenner brothers think they can do Cashman’s job better than he can and keep making stupid decision after stupid decision. This season is even more frustrating than 2008 because unlike the 2009 offseason, there’s no free agent quick fix this offseason. There are simply too many problems and too many questions on this team. If they are going to contend in the near future they have some work to do.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      they could’ve just claimed Hanley last year too and work out a trade. He’s killing it since he’s playing for the Dodgers.

      • Bill

        Still can’t believe they didn’t make a serious play for Hanley. He was exactly what they needed both short and long term as a guy that could backup both Jeter and ARod and take over for Jeter after he is done. And his value was at an all time low. The Dodgers are simply killing it. You can question the money they took on from Boston, but as a fan you have to envy how aggressive their front office has been. Its reminder of what the Yankees used to be all about. Sigh.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Hanley was never on waivers.

        • Bavarian Yankee

          you’re right! Why did I think he was claimed off waivers? Weird. Anyway, that trade was a steal and the Yankees should’ve at least made an offer as soon as he was available.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Cespedes has a .292 OBP and he’s hurt all the time. He’d fit right in.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        If we had Cespedes, the complaint would be, “Why didn’t we get Puig instead, scouting department can’t get anything right!”

  • Eddard

    They need to sell, not pick up 50 outfielders when it’s already too late. Ichiro isn’t even their biggest problem, it’s SS, 3B, C, 1B, DH. Even with Jete they’ll still need upgrades at 4 positions.

    • Will

      I agree that they should sell. However I don’t think too many people want what the Yankees are selling. Our trade chips are Hughes and Joba pretty much. I don’t think the Yankees will trade Cano for obvious reasons. I just don’t see alot of valuable assets we can move for good returns (prospects).

  • stuart a

    will is correct.

    pence for joba and hughes may work else pass. good news is wells is owed $1 mill from Yanks next year so DFA’ing him is no big deal. Ichiro owed $6, phelps is up tomorrow assume they send down warren or make a trade…hope they make a trade..

    nix up tomorrow means adams down since girarid likes lillibridge for some unknown reason. I keep adams and send down lillibridge if I was making the moves… adams has upside offensively lillibridge has none..

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      I am quite sure Lilibridge is out of options. So they’d have to pass him through waivers to keep him in AAA.

      I am not saying he is worth keeping. I’m just making the point that from a roster management point of view, you can keep both assets (and I use that term loosely) if you send Adams down and keep Lilibridge, but if you keep Adams and DFA Lilibridge, there is a chance you only get to keep one.

    • Mscott

      If you want to make the case that MAYBE Adams has a future so let’s find out…ok, but, on the “no upside” front:

      Of the two players in question, which one has, within the last two years, hit 13 homers in 216 plate appearances and OPS’d .845?

      Hint: It ain’t David Adams…

  • bpdelia

    he would help immensely. It allows, finally, the ideal outfield configuration. Gardner in center, granderson,pence, and soriano rotating around the corners and DH while relegating Ichiro to the one spot where he becomes a fantastic asset. 4th OF, pinch hitter, pinch runner, defensive replacement able to man all OF spots. You release Hafner and put wells on the bench as RH pinch hitter where may do at least a bit of good.

    And keep granderson and sign pence next year. soriano,Gardner, granderson, ichiro is actually a very good group that you can compete with and an excellent mix of defense OBP power and speed. pretty ideal actually.

  • your mom

    This team has no direction and the owners are morons.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Cry more.

      • your mom

        Sure thing hun.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    No thanks.

    If we lose today let’s make a cinderella run with returning vets and in september see guys like Heathcott/Murphy shock the world.

    Also, why can’t Girardi let Romine get going for a bit.
    He had 6 hits in his last five games, then he gets banished again.
    If the yanks do fall out of this thing by mid august, let the dude play the rest of the way for the most part, for crying out loud.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    One more thing, with Nix, Phelps and Grandy returning soon, who goes?

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Nix –> Adams
      Grandy –> Mesa
      Phelps –> excellent question

      • trr

        Joba via trade (fingers crossed)

      • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

        maybe phelps > hughes traded

        agree on mesa/grandy
        but screw nix, leave adams here, uness they get a 3rd baseman at the deadline.

  • Kosmo

    Pence would be great addition. The cost ? Ramirez, Flores and maybe 1 other like Refsynder. With Almonte returning NY could then begin to do a little housecleaning. DFA Wells, Hafner and Ichiro.
    Soriano becomes the DH, Pence the RF, Granderson LF with Almonte the 4th OF. I´d much rather have Almonte than Ichiro.

    Another possibility is trading for an AAA player such as Neftali Soto a 24 year old who is blocked by Frazier and Votto. He could be a good RHB off the bench who could platoon with Overbay and play a little 3B.

    • Kosmo

      of course another possibility is stay in house and bring up Mustelier or Garcia.

      • Jacob the OG

        Ha,,, hhaaa. hahahhahahahaha.!

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          …Are you stroking out?

  • Vern Sneaker

    Hunter Pence
    Makes no sense

    • Bavarian Yankee

      you just won the internet. congratulations.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      It makes sense, but the price might not.

      • your mom


        • Dalek Jeter

          Hunter Pence
          May Make sense
          For a couple cents
          and a prospect on the fence

          • jjyank

            *slow clap*

            • Dalek Jeter

              Meh, this is pretty shitty. That third line had me stuck for a full minute before I remembered this was for a comment on RAB.

  • Pat D

    This isn’t even the big Sherman story from today.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I ended up looking through mlbtraderumors because of this comment and came up empty. Now I’m curious to know what you’re talking about.

    • your mom

      Can’t wait to see them all.

  • There’s the Door

    This guy is a real baseball player. They can’t make the playoffs, but he’s still someone you want going forward.

  • Carlos Danger

    If CC was placed on waivers after the non-waiver trade deadline, would a team claim him?

    • trr


  • trr

    FWIW, Jeter starting @ SS today.

  • Bill

    Pence might make sense if the team intended to re-sign him in the offseason. This way by trading for him you’re not sacrificing the pick as he will be given a QO if he is not traded.

    Also he absolutely murders LHP and he’s been somewhat of an iron man not missing much time throughout his career.

    That said there’s no way Cashman pulls a trade like this. I kind of get the feeling he wanted to sell this trade deadline but ownership is pushing the opposite way. Corey Black is a nice arm, but the only reason to not make that Soriano trade is if you don’t want to go for it this year.

    The way Kuroda, Nova, and Hughes are pitching lately the Yankees have a shot if they can get some offense. They’ll need a lineup that can consistently produce to rattle off the winning streaks necessary to get back in this thing.

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    Ah, who’s driving the ship ?! Who.., is.., driving.., the.., ship ?! Oh no ! Oh shit ! There’s no one driving the fuckin’ ship !!! Hal ?! Who the fuck is that numb-nuts ?! What happened to our G.M. ?! Oh man, this ain’t gonna end well. Train-wreck ! Oh, sorry …, Ship-wreck ! Steinbrenner lives ! Steinbrenner lives !

  • Wayne

    It is not worth giving up jose Ramirez Rafael depaula rookie davis or any top pitching prospect or positional prospect like Gary Sanchez for Hunter Pence just to make it to the one game wild card game is right. We are not winning the division. Hal is a fool for not wanting to rebuild. Trade Mariano Rivera for top starting pitching prospects from a team like the tigers. I don’t care if the tigers win it with Mariano this year.

    • jjyank

      Party on, Garth.

  • http://frankmarcopolos.com ThisTimeGhengis

    Is pitching becoming more dominant because the effects of hitters on steroids are finally wearing off?

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