The San Francisco Giants are bringing back another familiar face. Hunter Pence returns to San Francisco after playing last season with the Texas Rangers. He was their designated hitter for 46 games and played just 23 games in the outfield. He hit 18 home runs last year and collected 59 RBIs while hitting .297 with 17 doubles and 1 triple while making the All Star team for the first time since 2014. He also was recognized as a finalist in the Comeback Player of the Year but was beat out by Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in early June. Carrasco missed three months while undergoing treatment before returning to game action in September.
He was bothered by a groin strain towards the end of June and then once activated he went back on the injured list with a lower back strain to close out the season. Pence, 36 looks to bring back his 2014 season when he played in all 162 games and hit .277 with 20 homers and 74 RBIs for the World Series Champs.
Hunter Pence will return to the Giants after turning down deals from the Padres and his first professional team, Astros.