I admit that I am not right about many things.If that was true I would be a wealthy man. But last season I had predicted that Angel Pagan would be non-tendered. Okay so he was traded – not non-tendered (semantics) but I was right that he wore out his welcome with the team brass.
On December 7th of last year, Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder, Andres Torres as well as middle reliever, Ramon Ramirez..While on the surface it seems like the Giants got the better end of the deal – Pagan appeared in 154 games and batted .288 with 8 homers and 56 RBI’s as their lead-off hitter. Andres Torres and Ramirez were ineffective at best, but I still believe that this trade will work in the Mets favor. First off Torres most likely will be non-tendered due to the fact he will get a raise via arbitration. Torres – like Pagan during his time with the Mets proved to be a butcher on the base paths and sloppy in the outfield. I can see the Mets re-signing Ramirez because it is common for a reliever to have a off season, and his prior pitching line shows he is so much better than what he showed us last season.
I also feel that Pagan needed a change of scenery. There was a lot of pressure for him to be as good as Carlos Beltran at the plate as well as in the field – something that most centerfielders in the game would find difficult to replicate. With the Giants Pagan has been able to find himself, and he has been healthier than he was in his Mets days, and he seems to be comfortable and less moody – something he has admitted to on the record with Mets beat reporters.
Pagan will be a free agent after this season and I expect a team – it could be the Giants or another team that will be willing to overpay him for his services, and I expect him to become the Oliver Perez of the outfield ( hefty contract that will handcuff whatever team he signs with).
Look I have met Pagan and he is a good guy, but with that said I don’t think he would have thrived in New York. It speaks volumes that when Sandy Alderson – a good judge of talent , who knows that the outfield was weak to begin with traded a Pagan – a player with good raw talent but a lack of base running instincts and who took questionable routes in the outfield.
In the end I think history will prove that Pagan is better suited as a mid level starting outfielder at best – and a above average fourth outfielder at worse. Either way I am happy to see him in the World Series – he is deserving of a ring.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
Reserve outfielder from ’82-’83, Gary Rajsich is 58 (1954).
Pinch Hitting specialist from ’98-’01, Lenny Harris is 48 (1964).
Utility infielder from ’93-’96, Tim Bogar is 46 (1966).
Mets closer from ’04-’05, Braden Looper is 38 (1974).
Current Mets back stop, Josh Thole is 26 (1986). I hope next season he can finally put up respectable offensive numbers.
Sadly on this day in 1993, spot starter/ middle reliever, Cal Koonce passed away. Koonce pitched for the Mets from ’67-’70.
The New York Mets released third baseman, Ed Charles on October 28, 1969. “The Glider” was a journeyman third baseman by the time he reached the Mets, but he was a presence in the clubhouse, and helped the ’69 team to the World Series.
The New York Mets released third baseman, Bob Aspromonte on October 28, 1971.
The New York Mets granted reserve outfielder, Gerald Williams free agency on October 28, 2005.
Mo Vaughn doesn’t consider “Rice A Roni” a San Francisco Treat !!!!