MLB notebook: Hunter Pence to ink $90 million extension

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence celebrates as he comes into score against the Detroit Tigers...

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence celebrates as he comes into score against the Detroit Tigers during the 2012 World Series. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

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Hunter Pence has finally found a place to call home.

Traded twice in the past three seasons, Pence is set to sign a five-year, $90 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.

"I can't say a lot right now, but hopefully this thing is done," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. "I couldn't be happier. I couldn't be happier for Hunter. I hope (our fans) would be as excited as we are.

"You can't help but love Hunter Pence and the way he plays the game. It's all about getting back on track. You need great players and he's a great player."

Pence helped the Giants win the World Series last year after they acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies late in the season.

Pence was seeking a five-year deal worth at least $85 million, similar to the deal the Dodgers gave to outfielder Andre Ethier.

Pence, 30, has a batting line of .282/.339/.481 with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs. He started in the first 160 games this year.

WEDGE DECLINES OFFER

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge is stepping down not because of his contract status with the team but due to management's vision for the future.

"Let me be clear here: the contract is not the reason I'm not coming back here," Wedge told the Seattle Times. "If they'd offered me a five-year contract, I wouldn't have come back here. So, let's be clear with that."

Wedge was asked to explain his views on the team.

"It's where they see the club," he said. "They being (CEO) Howard (Lincoln), (president) Chuck (Armstrong) and (GM) Jack (Zduriencik). And where I see the club and my vision for the future and theirs, it's just different. And that's about as plain as I can make it."

Wedge suffered a mild stroke during batting practice prior to a game at Safeco Field on July 22 and missed 28 games.

The Mariners are 71-90 on the season, good for fourth place in the American League West.

METS EXTEND MANAGER

The New York Mets agreed to a two-year contract extension with manager Terry Collins, CBSSports.com reported.

ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier the deal includes a team option for 2016. An official announcement is likely to come Monday.

Heading into Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Collins, 64, is 224-260 in three seasons at the helm.

The Mets are in third place in the National League East at 73-87 with two games left this season.

Before coming to New York, Collins managed the Houston Astros (1994-96) and Anaheim Angels (1997-99). He also managed in Japan.


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