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Hunter Pence, Giants agree to tentative 5-year deal

  • Ryan Theriot grabs the popup in front of Hunter Pence. The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1, in the second game of the NLCS on Monday, October, 15, 2012. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

SAN FRANCISCO — 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 Sunday. He had been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.

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