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Giants re-sign Angel Pagan to four-year, $40 million deal

Dec 3, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports says it’s a done deal at four years and $40 million.

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Even though the last we heard was that the negotiations between the Giants and Angel Pagan were “mired in molasses,” it was hard to imagine Angel Pagan signing anyplace else, so let us not be shocked at Ken Rosenthal’s latest report:

Pagan had a heck of a walk year, hitting 288/.338/.440 with 29 steals in 605 at-bats as the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the world champs.  And now, it seems, he’s riding the post-championship keep-the-team-together train.

  1. ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    It’s Huff all over again.

    • Alex K - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Eh. It’s not nearly as bad as Huff.

      I think it actually has a pretty good chance to work out.

      • ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        It’s worse. Twice as long, Twice the dough.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Two years younger and twice as good.

      • Alex K - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:56 PM

        I’m with Ari. He’s a much better player than Huff and he’s younger. This has a good chance of not being a horrible deal. It’s better than paying Bourn $90 million for 5 years.

    • ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Oh, my bad. It’s Rowand all over again.

  2. paperlions - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Good for Pagan…seems like a good guy, plays hard and all that…

  3. Brinke - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    quality guy, plays all out. The OF of Blanco-Pagan-Pence did OK for us.

  4. kardshark1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    This is good for a few reasons, but mostly:

    1. They won’t sign Victorino
    2. They won’t sign Ichiro
    3. They won’t sign Michael Bourn

    Whether you like Pagan for this amount or not, it’s definitely a win-win that they won’t waste money on the 3 players above.

    Also… I guess this means Gary Brown’s only purpose is trade bait. He’s not a good enough hitter to justify playing in RF or LF, with most of his value being his range and speed in CF. Now he’s blocked for 4 years.

  5. qcubed3 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I have faith in Pagan

    • losangelesfan - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Well done!

  6. csquared95 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Reblogged this on Me, myself and the universe.

  7. norcaldeportes - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Good signing. If Gary Brown is ready for the bigs in 2 or 3 years, I could see the Giants then moving Pagan to Left or Right Field.

    • skerney - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      If Gary Brown isn’t ready to hit major league pitching next year, like by September, he’s probably a bust. He’s a 24 yo first rounder with 2+ seasons in the minors. If he opens in Fresno he has to hit well, if he opens in AA the the Giants have a problem. There is no 2-3 years about it.

  8. sisqsage - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    This isn’t anything like Huff, who admitted he came back in 2011 out of shape. Contrary to what some believe, Pagan’s .288 avg. was not a career best. He hit .290 for the Mets with over 500 AB and before that it was .300-plus in a breakout year. So his 2012 stats were not an outlier.His team-record 15 triples were mostly at AT&T, which proves that is the best park for his style of offense – a gap hitter and good base stealer.
    Some reports after the World Series said he could command up to $14 mil a year, so this is a relative bargain for a team player in the prime of his career.
    Brown is simply not ready, so you pretty much have to keep Pagan.
    With the money that was saved on this, maybe they can throw some love to Hairston as a left fielder. I have always admired his consistent play and decent power. Plus, he’s always killed the Giants, so that would be one less headache to deal with. Blanco is a good fourth outfielder option for defense and a spot start. He slumped too much to be an everyday player when Bochey gave him a shot.

    • Brinke - Dec 4, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      you’re right. I’d want to sign Hairston just so we didn’t have to pitch to him. Ever. Again.

  9. cameltoehoe - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    If he’s truly gonna follow in Aubrey Huff’s footsteps then the next step is shagging Bubba The Love Sponge”‘s wife a la Hulk Hogan!

  10. recoveringcubsfan - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Cubs win! Cubs win!

    Dammit.

  11. chc4 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    4 years? This won’t end well.

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