Landing Hunter Pence of the Philadelphia Phillies keeps the Giants on pace with the deals the Dodgers are making.
On Tuesday, the Giants decided they weren't going to let the Dodgers sit back and steal all the trade-deadline thunder, making a deal to acquire Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies.
That's according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, who reported the news on Twitter shortly before the trade deadline approached at 4 p.m. ET.
According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, the deal does NOT include top Giants prospects Gary Brown, Brandon Belt or Kyle Crick. Provided that report is accurate, the Giants may have pulled off a pretty impressive trade-deadline deal here.
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Tommy Joseph was traded to the Phillies in exchange for Pence. Joseph, a catcher, in San Francisco's Double-A team, is hitting .260 with eight home runs and 38 RBI this season. Given the Giants depth at catcher, this would be a tremendous deal.
Pence, 29, has hit 22 or more home runs in each of the past four years and has currently hit 17, with plenty of time remaining. He's never knocked in more than 100 runs in a season and his stolen bases have trailed off badly since he moved from Houston to Philadelphia in 2011.
But you look at Pence's OPS+ and it's quite clear he's an above-average option for San Francisco; he's having the second-worst OPS+ season of his career thus far in 2012, and it won't be easier, per se, to slug in AT&T Park, but getting back in a playoff race could rejuvenate Pence.
He's not a Carlos Beltran acquisition, a la last year, but he's a nice addition to a Giants team that desperately needs offense.
Additionally, Pence is under team control for 2013, though he's arbitration eligible. For the Giants to score a guy of his caliber without coughing up a major prospect is pretty impressive.