Pence, who struggled last season with the Phillies, helped the Giants win the World Series.
"If I recall, when we got him, I put him fifth," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "But when we had injuries last year, we asked him and [Shane] Victorino and some other players to step up and become those cornerstone guys, the big guys in our lineup to knock in some runs. [Pence] maybe tried a little bit too hard. Maybe he feels very comfortable [here]. When we first got him, he was comfortable with us. Now when I watch him play, he feels comfortable. I've always liked Pence and what he gives you. He comes to the ballpark, he works just as hard as anybody. He hustles. He plays hard. You can't help but like him."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.