Giants acquire Robertson, DFA Hunter Pence

The San Francisco Giants disappointed a lot of their fans today with heartbreaking news. Hunter Pence was designated for assignment after they acquired infielder Daniel Robertson in a trade with Tampa Bay. Pence reunited with the club on a major league deal back in February after spending 2019 with the Rangers. It was a dismal 2020 season for Pence who hit just .096 with 2 homers and drove in 6 RBIs and had 1 double. He hit .265 in 8 years total for the Giants with 95 home runs and 412 runs batted in. He will be a free agent for just the 3rd time of his career after spending the first 7 years of his career with the Astros and then 2 with the Phillies. The Giants won 2 out of their 3 World Series championships with Hunter Pence manning right field and made the 2014 All-Star team. Pence will be missed as he was a fan favorite with his goofy batting stance, strange way to throw the ball, and of course his high black socks! GR8FUL

Daniel Robertson comes to the Giants in a trade after the club sent cash and a player to be named later. He was first drafted by the A's in the 1st round of the 2012 Amateur Draft and spent his first 3 seasons in the A's minor league system. He was traded to the Rays with catcher John Jaso and outfielder Boog Powell for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in 2015. The Upland, California native has a minors career batting average of .280 in 2054 at-bats which consists of 42 home runs, 235 RBIs, 42 triples, and 14 doubles. The 26-year-old has seen playing time at each of the infield positions and even in the outfield during his minor league days. He has a fielding percentage of .971-has committed only 21 errors and totaling 231 putouts with 477 assists. He was pulled up for his major league debut in 2017 against the Yankees and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Robertson made a relief appearance for the Rays in 2018 when the Red Sox dumped Tampa Bay 10-1, he faced 3 batters and none reached base. He made another appearance off the mound in 2019 against the Yankees and allowed just 1 hit in the Yankees 12-1 thumping. His career MLB numbers are as follows: .231 average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs with 3 triples and 32 doubles. Robertson has also struck out 209 times and been walked just 96 times in 707 career at-bats. He will report to the Giants alternate site in Sacramento.

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