Hunter Pence has everyone talking. No, not because he suddenly ran out into a desolate back road at night, causing a driver to have to swerve out of the way and nearly have a heart attack. It’s because his torn hamstring is creating an outfield need for the Giants that may be filled by someone like Ryan Braun, if one “minimal” conversation on the matter is enough to stoke your interest. It’s interesting enough to Braun, who allows the Giants on his list of six teams to which he wouldn’t block a trade (a bunch of west coast teams and the Marlins).

On the Brewers’ end, everybody knows they’re ready to start plucking apart their team - including top assets like Braun or catcher Jonathan Lucroy - but Ken Rosenthal reported on the angle they are taking.