The Giants are expected to be without outfielder Hunter Pence for six to eight weeks after his arm was broken by a Corey Black fastball in Thursday’s spring exhibition against the Cubs. Pence has some awfully large shoes to fill, but the Giants are planning to do so with existing in-house candidates, per ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
Gregor Blanco figures to be a heavy favorite to grab at-bats in Pence’s place. Blanco, 31, posted a career-best 103 adjusted OPS (also known as OPS+) with 16 stolen bases in 444 plate appearances last season. As roughly half of Pence’s missing time would consume the remainder of spring training exhibition games, Blanco’s playing time would only be increased through the month of April.
Pence was coming off of another productive campaign for the Giants, batting .277 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 708 plate appearances.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.