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Giants and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.85 million deal

Jan 16, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Giants and outfielder Angel Pagan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85 million contract. The deal includes $150,000 in incentives based on plate appearances.

Pagan, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason, made $3.5 million with the Mets in 2011 while batting .262/.322/.372 with seven home runs, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS. The 30-year-old led all major-league center fielders with 10 errors.

Acquired from the Mets in December in exchange for outfielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez, Pagan is expected to be the Giants’ regular center fielder and leadoff man this season.

The Giants still have six arbitration-eligible players left to deal with in the days ahead, including ace right-hander Tim Lincecum.

  1. jwbiii - Jan 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    The arbitration market seems to be moving slowly this year. There are still 121 players to go, not counting three free agents. Only the White Sox are done (John Danks signed, Carlos Quentin traded).

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