Report: Pirates Scouting Hunter Pence

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- The rumor mill continues to connect the Pirates with potential outfielders.

Yesterday, the names of Connor Jackson and Josh Willingham surfaced and today we have a new one.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates have been scouting Houston outfielder Hunter Pence.

Pence, 28, is making $6.9 million this season and has two years of arbitration eligibility left.

On Friday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Astros would have to be “overwhelmed” to part with Pence.

Pence is one of the better hitters in the National League and would be a perfect #3 hitter in any lineup.

Pence is currently batting .321 with 11 HR’s and 61 RBIs.

Pence has hit 25 HR’s the last 3 seasons but keep in mind Minute Maid Park has that short wall in left field.

No word yet on what the Astros are asking for in return but I’d imagine it begins with AA outfielder Starling Marte, a top pitching prospect (Brad Lincoln?), and another player.

The MLB trade deadline is July 31st.

  • Nick Manning

    lets make a deal but no give up the whole farm system for him

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  • TradingStinks

    Very, very dumb idea. We’re winning without having to wreck the team. This idea of having to trade is being pushed by the moron 93Fan talk hosts. Alverez is coming back and we’re winning – need I report this. Why give up anything for this middle grade player. 11 homeruns? While, it looks like Bonds record is in jeopardy!! Lol Please, don’t trade for him and ruin a good thing. Let’s trade all of these stupid radio sports hosts for a warm 6 pack. They all suck.

  • Swing

    They should have got Alvarez back in the line up last week so they could determine in two weeks if he’s going to use his power this year and if not then trade for a HR hitter. One thing for sure is they need to get a big bat going, you can only win these 1-0 , 2-1 games for so long. AND you won’t win any of those games against the Brewers!

  • Anvil

    This guy cannot even throw a ball!!! Have you ever seen his arm motion?
    He’s average at best, though playing on the Astros may magnify his abilities slightly.
    If the Pirates are serious about making a run at the pennant, they have to do better.

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