Last night FOX’s Ken Rosenthal linked the Phillies to Angel Pagan, saying that he believed that the 31-year old Pagan had emerged as the Phillies next target for a center fielder.
In 2012 Pagan hit .288/.331/.440 with eight homers and 29 steals. His career numbers are a bit lower than that, and his 2012 campaign has likely inflated his price tag.
One of the plusses of signing Pagan would be that he’d come much cheaper then guys like Michael Bourn, and Josh Hamilton. This would leave the Phillies with some spending money for their bullpen and a third baseman. The market for a third basemen is very, very thin, but there are plenty of premiere relievers out there.
I honestly don’t think that Pagan is much better then Shane Victorino, but Shane’s 2012 season was not very good, and I don’t see the Phillies calling about Shane unless he dwindles on the market for another month or so. If The Phillies made a move for a big time left or right fielder, then I could see Shane coming back to play center mainly for his defense, but that’s a really big if.
I still think that the price tag of Michael Bourn is too high, and that’s why the Nationals and Braves went elsewhere, and I know that Josh Hamilton would excite everyone, but this team already has a large collection of players making over $2oMM a season (Halladay, Lee, Howard, Hamels) and with all his baggage would it really be smart to have $100MM committed to just five players?
Pagan may just be the best choice available. If the Phillies can get him for 3 years, then I’d be satisfied, although he’s not really much of an upgrade over what we had in Victorino last year. The Giants are probably his #1 choice, as he just won a World Series with them, so three years probably won’t do it.
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