HR: 25, 25, 25, 22, 24, 27.
RBI: 83, 72, 91, 97, 104, 99.
Runs: 78, 76, 93, 84, 87, 91.
Still not convinced? Here is his slash line from 2013: .283/.339/.483. Here is his slash line season average for his career: .285/.339/.476.
The dude is just a machine! I have often just stared at his career stat sheet marveling at the consistency of it. His MLB career is now over 1000 games and 4000 AB's. I think you can take your wRC+ scores and your OPS+ and any others you think might have predictive value. With a track record like that, I would rather look at real runs crossing the plate. You can pencil this guy in for 90 runs, 25 HR and 95 RBI's and be quite confident you will be very close in all categories at the end of the season.
So, there you have it: Athleticism, Tools, Intensity, Choking up on the bat, Consistency. Those are the things I like about Hunter Pence. So it was an overpay by a couple of $ M/year. BFD! Are we really going to quibble over it? Larry Baer went on the TV broadcast with Kruk and Kuip and addressed the overpay issue head on. He said the Giants are a classy organization. They do not try to take advantage of a player who wants to play for them. There is a reason why players want to play for the Giants. If the Giants want a player and there is mutual interest, they want the player to feel wanted and will do what it takes to get it done and not worry about whether it is a modest overpay.
I am totally on board with that as long as it does not become a roadblock to the acquisition of other needed players, but I defy anyone to show that any contract has ever become such a roadblock for the Giants! Hunter Pence is a Giant, something I could only dream about when he was a young player breaking in with Houston. I really don't give a rat's behind what the overpay was. I like Hunter Pence as a player and am very happy I will get to watch him play for the team I root for over the next 5 seasons!