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Giants, Hunter Pence avoid arbitration

The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence avoided arbitration.

Ezra Shaw

The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence avoided arbitration today, reaching an agreement on a one-year, $13.8 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

The Giants acquired Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies last summer in exchange for a package of minor leaguers, including Seth Rosin and Tommy Joseph, and outfielder Nate Schierholtz. The outfielder earned $10.4 million in 2012.

Between the Phillies and Giants last season, Pence hit .253/.319/.425 with 26 doubles, four triples and 24 home runs over 617 at-bats. The 29-year-old has hit .285/.339/.475 over six seasons at the major league level.

Beyond Pence, the Giants have avoided arbitration with two other players. San Francisco signed Jose Mijares to a one-year, $1.8 million contract, while they extended Santiago Casilla for three years and $15 million.

San Francisco now has five arbitration-eligible players remaining, including Buster Posey, Clay Hensley, Gregor Blanco, Joaquin Arias and Sergio Romo.