Outfielder Hunter Pence pleaded ignorance as his San Francisco Giants teammates greeted him with hugs and backslaps when he arrived at AT&T Park for Saturday’s game against San Diego.
Pence and the San Francisco Giants have reached a tentative agreement on a $90 million, five-year contract, pending a physical.
“I can’t say too much until it’s official,” Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s good news. I couldn’t be happier for Hunter.”
Pence, who was scheduled to get his physical before taking the field, politely declined comment.
A formal announcement of the deal is expected today. He had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.
Pence is batting .282 with a career-high 26 home runs and 94 RBI. He received the Willie Mac Award on Friday night, given to the most inspirational member of the Giants.
Orioles outfielder has wrist injury
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Michael Morse has a left wrist injury that might require surgery.
Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Morse has possible ligament damage and will visit Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla., and then the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for a second opinion.
Showalter said Morse informed the staff about the injury a few days ago. Morse has just three hits in 29 at-bats since joining the Orioles in a trade with Seattle on Aug. 30.
Wedge sets record straight
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Saturday his uncertain contract status wasn’t the reason he decided not to return next season. He just didn’t think he and the front office were on the same page as to where the club his headed.
Wedge said he wanted to clarify his reasoning, after much of the media coverage focused on his lack of a contract for next season. Wedge had said earlier in the week he felt he was left “hanging out there” by the organization regarding his status for 2014.
He said Saturday he wouldn’t have returned even if a long-term contract had been offered. “Let me be clear here, the contract was not the reason I’m not coming back here,” Wedge said. “If they’d offered me a five-year contract, I’m not coming back here.”