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The Phillies have joined the hunt for outfielder Angel Pagan

Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

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With B.J. Upton off the market, things are starting to heat up with free agent outfielder Angel Pagan. Ken Rosenthal of has the scoop:

The Philadelphia Phillies, after losing the B.J. Upton sweepstakes to the Atlanta Braves, are pushing for another free-agent center fielder, according to major-league sources.

Angel Pagan.

Two teams have made four-year offers to Pagan, sources say. Those teams are believed to be the Phillies and Pagan’s previous club, the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Rosenthal hears that the Phillies made a five-year, $55 million offer to Upton before he signed with the Braves for five years and $75.25 million and the sense is that Michael Bourn is going to fetch more. While four years for Pagan is a lot, signing him as opposed to Bourn would give the Phillies some flexibility to upgrade at third base and in the bullpen.

The Giants are clearly interested in bringing Pagan back, but it would be interesting to see what they do if the bidding gets out of hand. Bourn and Josh Hamilton are going to be very pricey, so Brian Sabean might have to get creative here. Hey, did you guys hear that Andres Torres is a free agent?

  1. smcgaels1997 - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Similar contracts you stay with the champs

    • tuberippin - Dec 1, 2012 at 1:39 AM

      You can keep Pagan. I’d rather the Phils not offer a slightly-above-average outfielder four years coming off a career year.

      • paperlions - Dec 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Yeah, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to give a 4 year (probably at around $10-12M per) contract to a 31 yr old OF with no power that doesn’t take walks and that has had 2.5 good years so far….the room for error for such a skill set is small.

  2. sisqsage - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Torres doesn’t make any sense. Hasn’t been worth a darn since 2010.
    Victorino would be a good option for SF if Phills overpay for Pagan.

  3. pisano - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    I didn’t think it was possible, finally a player that Boston isn’t interested in.

  4. foolmaker - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    Pagan was fun to watch last year and has some tremendous heart, but it scares me that the Giants have offered him four years. He’s coming off a career year, and doesn’t have much of an inspiring record before that. Anything past three years should be a deal breaker.

  5. xmatt0926x - Dec 1, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    I still say the Phillies should get Victorino back. He had a bad contract year. In the end, over the next 3 seasons, would he provide so much less value than a $15-17 million per year Bourn? He certainly is right there with Pagan who now appears to be heading to too many years for too much per year as well. I’m not saying Victorino is the perfect answer but if you have to settle on someone like Pagan anyway, why not take the less expensive route and upgrade elsewhere as well?

  6. coachhowi - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    He will not leave the Giants. Why would he go to locker room in Philly that isn’t even close to being as strong as the Giants. His words in every interview were about how strong of a bond he his locker room has. No chance he leaves SF.

  7. greymares - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Money talks bull$hit walks

  8. Marty - Dec 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    The dodgers should swoop in with 7 years/100 mil just for the lulz.

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