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Angel Pagan Injury: Updates on Giants OF’s Hamstring and Return

San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan left Monday’s win after suffering a hamstring strain. He was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the field.

Continue for updates.

Pagan Announce Pagan’s Replacement 

Tuesday, May 24

The Giants announced that they placed Pagan on the DL with a left hamstring strain and recalled outfielder Jarrett Parker from Triple-A Sacramento.

Pagan Set for MRI

Monday, May 23

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported Pagan will undergo an MRI.

“There is some concern because it is the same hamstring,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, per Baggarly.

Pagan’s Absence is Significant Blow to Giants Depth

RotoWire (via CBS Sports) noted Pagan’s hamstring forced him to miss a May 21 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The outfielder finished 0-for-3 with a walk Monday before exiting the game with the hamstring concerns. Coming into the contest, he was hitting .282 with two home runs, 13 RBI, five steals and a .734 OPS.

Pagan has never been much of a power threat, recording only one season in his career with double-digit home run totals, but he is solid on the basepaths (he stole 29-plus bases in three seasons in a row from 2010 to 2012) and sports a .280 career batting average and .330 career on-base percentage.

The Giants will miss his ability to set the stage for the sluggers in the middle of the order by getting on base if he is forced to miss extensive time.

Brandon Belt moved to left field after Pagan exited Monday, while Conor Gillaspie took over at first base for Belt. San Francisco can turn to Belt with Pagan out since the former is a dangerous offensive threat who is fresh off a breakout performance in 2015 with a .280 batting average and career-best marks of 18 home runs and 68 RBI.

The Giants also have veteran Gregor Blanco as a potential candidate to fill in since he is versatile enough to play all three outfield positions. Blanco hit .291 last season and flashed his impressive speed with 13 stolen bases.

While Belt and Blanco give the Giants some reliable options if Pagan is out, they are also needed at other positions (Belt is a first baseman, and Blanco can play everywhere in the outfield). San Francisco sits in first place in the National League West and could use a healthy Pagan as it chases a postseason spot.

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Angel Pagan Injury: Updates on Giants OF’s Knee and Return

Angel Pagan returned to the Giants lineup on Saturday and batted leadoff after missing Friday’s game with knee soreness. 

Pagan is hitting .271 with 19 RBI, 24 runs scored and four stolen bases this season.

Injury concerns are nothing new for the outfielder, of course. While he’s been healthy up until this point of this season, he missed 157 games between the 2013 and 2014 seasons and missed the entirety of the Giants’ run to the 2014 World Series title after requiring back surgery in late September.

Pagan isn’t in the midst of his best season and isn’t one of the key bats in San Francisco’s lineup at this point. 


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Angel Pagan and Derek Norris Exchange Gum and Words

The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres were in the ninth inning of what would end up being a 12-inning game Thursday when Angel Pagan and Derek Norris got into a tiff over some tossed gum.

Yes, gum.

Pagan appears to have flicked the chewed gum from inside the batter’s box back toward Norris, sparking a brief altercation:

While it’s unclear what words were exchanged, there was plenty said later on.

According to U-T San Diego beat writer Dennis Lin, Norris was not the slightest bit amused by the incident (NSFW language):

Pagan, on the other hand, didn’t think the tossed gum was worth hurt feelings, per San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman:

This was just the first of 19 games the teams will play this year, and it’s safe to say the season series is off to a sticky start.

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Angel Pagan’s Healthy Comeback as Good as Big Offseason Splash for Giants

The San Francisco Giants‘ biggest offseason addition might turn out to be a guy who was there all along.

No, not Matt Cain, though if the right-hander can return to ace-level status after surgeries on his elbow and ankle it’d go a long way toward solidifying San Francisco’s rotation.

Today, though, we’re talking Angel Pagan—center fielder, leadoff hitter and, for the final lap of the Giants’ most recent title run, forgotten man.

Pagan has been a consistent producer since arriving in San Francisco, with the obligatory “when he’s healthy” caveat.

The speedy switch-hitter enjoyed his best season by the bay in 2012, when he posted a .288/.338/.440 slash line with 29 stolen bases and an MLB-leading 15 triples—and got a ring for his troubles.

In 2013, Pagan missed 84 games to injury, and the Giants were, quite literally, a different team without him. With Pagan on the active roster that season, San Francisco went 44-34. Without him, it went 32-54.

Last season, Pagan played in 96 games while battling back problems but was finally forced by pain and medical advice to throw in the towel.

Pagan had surgery on Sept. 25 to repair a herniated disc and wound up watching the Giants’ dramatic Game 7 World Series win from his couch in Puerto Rico, per Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News

“I wish I had a video of myself,” Pagan said, per Steward. “I was going crazy.”

The Giants will jump for joy if Pagan can turn in a full season of productivity. The orange and black managed to hoist a Commissioner’s Trophy without him, but the road back will be much easier with their saluting center fielder in the lineup.

So far, so good. Here’s more from Steward:

Pagan said he feels ‘like never before’ and confirmed manager Bruce Bochy’s communique earlier this week that the outfielder hopes to play 160 games this year after two straight injury plagued seasons that limited to 167 total games.

‘Why not? I’d like to play them all,’ Pagan said before the Giants had their first full-squad workout on Tuesday. 

If that sounds suspiciously like a snip from yet another “best shape of his life” spring training puff piece…well, your skepticism isn’t entirely unwarranted.

Pagan will turn 34 in July. He’s failed to ascend the 100-game plateau two years running due to a faulty hamstring and balky back. And he goes harddiving, crashing into walls, sprinting for the extra base.

“I just know how to play one speed,” he told Steward, “and that’s the way I will keep playing.”

It’s what makes him such a spark plug, but it could also be his undoing. Yes, he’s saying the right things as the Cactus League kicks off; will his body hold up for a 162-game slog?

Those are legitimate questions, and only time and the Giants training staff will tell. For now, though, if we take a swig of the spring-flavored Kool-Aid, it’s possible to imagine Pagan as the impact free agent San Francisco didn’t sign.

Yes, the defending champs inked outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year pact and acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins

But those aren’t the sexy, splashy names fans still drunk on confetti and championship champagne were hoping for, especially after the departure of Pablo Sandoval, the beloved Kung Fu Panda.

Quite simply, a fully functional Pagan would ease the sting of an uneventful offseason.

More practically, having Pagan strengthens the Giants’ bench by allowing Gregor Blanco (or Aoki) to slide into a fourth outfielder role. Add ball-of-energy right fielder Hunter Pence, and suddenly San Francisco has one of the more dynamic outfields in the National League.

Again, until we see Pagan go full throttle in game action, all of this is hypothetical. But for now, at least, there’s reason for hope—an Angel in the outfield. 


All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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Predicting the San Francisco Giants’ Starting Lineup Heading into 2015

The San Francisco Giants have won three World Series titles in the past five years. Manager Bruce Bochy guided his team through several peaks and valleys in 2014.

His calm demeanor was a soothing influence when the Giants struggled in the middle of the season. Bochy then pushed all the right buttons, and the Giants produced, enabling them to win it all.

The Giants held a parade throughout the streets of San Francisco. Dignitaries, players and management all spoke, and they lauded both the team and the fans of San Francisco. It was a good time had by all.

The business of baseball has now taken center stage, and the Giants are retooling their roster in the hopes of defending their world championship.

General manager Brian Sabean has not landed any of the high-priced, marquee names on the market. Instead, he and the Giants resigned some of their own free agents, like Sergio Romo and Jake Peavy.

In addition, the Giants made a small but significant trade with the Miami Marlins. They acquired third baseman Casey McGehee in exchange for two minor league pitchers.

We could still see one or two more moves from Sabean, but don’t count on it. The roster is fairly set, and although the Giants would like to add another top quality starting pitcher and a left fielder, getting those players is definitely not a sure thing.

Let’s take a look at the lineup as it stands now. 

All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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Angel Pagan Injury: Updates on Giants OF’s Back and Return

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16

CSN’s Andrew Baggarly has more on Pagan’s status:

MLB Lineups indicates Angel Pagan is out of the Giants’ lineup:

Bruce Bochy commented on Pagan’s status via Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:


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The San Francisco Giants will be without outfielder Angel Pagan on Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his place will be Juan Perez, according to a tweet from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Schulman also tweeted the cause for the scratch:

After the Giants 6-2 loss, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News provided an update: 

Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area spoke with Pagan about the injury: 

The injury comes at a terrible time for San Francisco, as the team is feverishly chasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in a race for the NL West. We’re now in the midst of September, and with the postseason creeping ever so closer, San Francisco’s three-game deficit is quickly becoming increasingly difficult to overcome.

Losing Pagan’s .302 batting average doesn’t help the team’s cause. The outfielder has accumulated 115 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 27 RBI while stealing 15 bases in 95 games this season.

Perez will take over in Pagan’s absence. He’s batting .189 on 74 at-bats this season, totaling 14 hits, seven doubles, one home run and three RBI. He has some big shoes to fill as the Giants continue to make a push for the playoffs.

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Giants-Dodgers Preview: Q&A with ESPN Baseball Tonight’s Aaron Boone

The Giants face their NL West division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, at home Friday. I spoke with Aaron Boone, 12-year MLB veteran and current analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, to preview the important three-game series. 


Keely Flanagan: You had a memorable 2003 stint with the Yankees. How does the Dodgers-Giants rivalry compare to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry?

Aaron Boone: You know, especially now, I think it’s comparable. At the peak of Red Sox-Yankees, and speaking on when I was there [on the Yankees] in 2003, and then when the Red Sox beat them in 2004, it was as big as anything in sports probably. I’m not sure people on the East Coast realize how big a deal Dodgers-Giants is. I think especially when you consider how potentially good those teams are, with recent playoff success, and the two teams now slugging it out in the National League West to win that division, it’s a huge deal. 


KF: Why have the Giants been successful, winning two World Series championships in four years, while the Dodgers spend, spend, spend and have continually come up short?

AB: You know, I think it’s important to separate the two regimes. The Dodgers are really in year two-and-a-half of the new regime. Last year, they went on a historic run to eventually run away with the National League West under this new setup they have where they’ve become the team that spends the most money, and where they’ve added whatever they’ve needed. It’s a different situation. I think San Francisco has been one of the model organizations—you know, you think of St. Louis, you think of San Francisco—teams like that that just have a nice balance of homegrown people but also the financial wherewithal to bring in players from the free-agent market. The Giants have had tremendous stability with Brian Sabean as their general manager. He’s one of the best in the game. You think about both of their title runs, both times they made really critical trade deadline moves. Sometimes it’s been a big splash, sometimes it’s been what’s seemed like minor moves that ended up really contributing to world championships. 


KF: You mentioned making key trades at the right times for the Giants. Where is the biggest positional area of need for them right now and where can they look to fill these needs?

AB: It’s going to be fun to watch Brian Sabean, because it seems each year he has a really great handle on what this team needs. It’ll be interesting to see if he goes out to try and bolster the bullpen. And with Matt Cain down, this is a team that could use a starting pitcher. I think they’ll be more inclined to go the starting pitching route, or even relief pitching for that matter. I would think they’re one of the teams in the market to potentially upgrade some pitching. But you know Brian Sabean’s out there too trying to upgrade in other areas. It might not be a huge move, but something that maybe strengthens his bench, or gives him some depth. With some of the injuries he’s had at second base, and with Brandon Belt—it could be minor, or they could make a splash in the starting pitching rotation and get in on a guy like David Price should he become available. 


KF: The Giants have three important players injured right now: Angel Pagan, Matt Cain and Brandon Belt, out with a concussion. All three have had previous stints on the disabled list. Of the three, whose absence has made the biggest impact?

AB: That’s tough. Pagan seems to be a stabilizer to the team, for me. Defensively in center field, what he brings to the top of the order—so I would say him. But that’s hard to take away from anyone else.  Belt was off to a great start, and it looked like he was becoming the player everyone envisioned. And obviously missing Matt Cain is tough. I just think Angel Pagan brings something on both sides of the ball and adds stability at the top of the order and in center field. 


KF: What are the keys to this series for the Giants?

AB: They’re going to have to pitch well. The Dodgers have [Zack] Greinke, [Clayton] Kershaw and [Hyun-Jin] Ryu. Even if you have a successful series against them, you have to assume one, two or even three of these games to be low-scoring. The Giants are going to have to pitch well. It could come down to that old cliche, who gets the big hit at the right time.


KF: The Dodgers altered their pitching rotation order at the All-Star break to make sure the Giants face Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Bruce Bochy and the Giants did not. Neither Tim Hudson or Madison Bumgarner will pitch against the Dodgers. How will this affect the series?

AB: If it works out for the Dodgers, I think it could turn out to be a really good move for them. Right now, the Dodgers are looking up at San Francisco in the standings. But with Bochy, and Cain being down, and Yusmeiro [Petit] moving into the rotation, Bochy’s been more one-game-at-a-time in getting his rotation together. And I think especially with [Tim] Lincecum throwing the ball much better, Bochy is trying to keep things as normal for his rotation as possible.  

With the Dodgers, you know Kershaw and Greinke are the two aces. Not that the other three guys aren’t good pitchers, obviously they are, but with Kershaw and Greinke you absolutely have two bona fide aces.

With the Giants, you’ve got Bumgarner and Hudson, but you’ve also got Lincecum, whose track record is unbelievable. If he’s throwing at the top of his game, he fits right in with those guys. [Ryan] Vogelsong, we’ve seen what he can do over the years. So it seems like there’s a bigger spread between the Dodgers’ one and two, and their three and four, than the Giants. 


KF: Who do you think is going to win the National League West?

AB: As far as the division, I still lean Dodgers. Because of their pitching, and because I don’t think they’ve hit their stride at all. Offensively, i still feel like they’re a team more so than any other team in Major League Baseball, that has the capability of going 25-5 in a stretch. We really haven’t seen them click at all yet. In a lot of ways, they’re a team of misfit toys. I also think these next several days, potentially, will tell us a lot. Who makes the move that changes the makeup of their team, or could alter this division race? 


Aaron Boone will appear on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.  The series finale is on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on July 27.

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Rockies vs. Giants Video: Watch Angel Pagan Hit Walk-Off Inside-the-Park HR

San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan raced around the bases for an inside-the-park, two-run homer to boost his team to a 6-5 home victory in 10 innings over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

With Brandon Crawford aboard on second base and one out, Pagan hammered an 0-1 offering from Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt off the wall in right-center field.

The carom caused the ball to kick toward the deepest part of San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Michael Cuddyer couldn’t corral it, and by the time it reached center fielder Dexter Fowler, Pagan was already screaming toward third base.

Fowler had an extremely long throw from the warning track, but he effectively hit the cutoff man. The throw to the plate by DJ LeMahieu was pretty strong, yet not quite good enough. Pagan was able to avert the slightly late tag by sliding safely head-first to clinch the win.

The home crowd predictably erupted to the unique walk-off occasion, and several of Pagan’s teammates poured out of the dugout to help him celebrate.

Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki broke the tie in the top of the 10th with a leadoff home run off of Sergio Romo. The Giants’ pitcher was bailed out by Pagan’s heroics, though, and walked away with his third win of 2013.

Pagan allowed the Giants to pull even with their National League West division rivals at 27-22 on the season. Their series will wrap up on Sunday, as both teams sit half a game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (27-21) for the NL West lead.

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San Francisco Giants: Lessons Learned from Their Series vs. Toronto Blue Jays

The 2002 World Series Loss Still Stings

Winning World Series titles in 2010 and 2012 should have pushed any lingering pain of the San Francisco Giants 2002 World Series loss far into the stratosphere—especially since I was among the million at the purely joyous 2010 parade.

Laying eyes upon a villain from that 2002 series, however, proved I’m not fully healed—at all. Most of those Los Angeles Angels are long retired. As the saying goes, out of sight, out of mind.

The pain quickly flooded back Wednesday when the CSN camera locked on Toronto‘s starter—Ramon Ortiz, 40 years young, back in MLB after a two-year absence. He was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of that World Series (thanks to run support, it should be noted).

Just seeing his face brought it all back. Some folks lead very successful adult lives and still withdraw upon spotting an old high school bully at a reunion. This wasn’t much different.

To have the title all but ripped out of the Giants’ grasp that fall devastated me like the death of a loved one; I then knew how it felt to be a 1997 Cleveland Indians or a 1986 Boston Red Sox fan. 2011 Texas Rangers fans: I feel your pain and just know that it may never completely subside. Mine hasn’t.


Toronto’s “New” Uniforms Make Me Feel Younger

Over the years, I’ve watched countless players enter the major leagues, enjoy 15-year careers, retire and become coaches/managers. They are living reminders of just how much older I’ve become. I was 10 when I first discovered MLB—23 years ago. There are players today who didn’t exist when I caught my first ballgame. 

So, despite being one of about six people who actually liked the 2004-11 Blue Jays “steel” logo, I’ve enjoyed their conversion to a look reminiscent of the one used during my fledgling years as a hardball fan.

The Jays were the truth in the early ’90s; watching them in their old/new uniforms allows me to pretend it’s 1992 and my biggest problem is memorizing my class schedule rather than paying rent, repairing a shattered taillight and finding a competent preschool for my kid.


Damon Minor is One Scary-Looking Dude

The Giants television broadcasts occasionally jump into the wayback machine and come out with classic Giants (or Giants-related) highlights (such as then-Diamondback Randy Johnson accidentally donning a discarded Giants cap during a 1999 brawl in an eerie bit of foreshadowing or Dave Winfield charging the mound after being plunked by Mike Krukow in 1980).

Tuesday’s flashback: a four-hit game by the otherwise-forgettable Damon Minor the last time SF played in Toronto, back in 2002. I never realized just how much fright his face could generate when in mid-swing (answer: very). Now I must be extra-cautious when watching Orioles games; his twin bro Ryan was the starter at third when Cal Ripken Jr. ended The Streak.


I Will Probably Never Forgive the “Unnamed Left Fielder”

I’m skeptical and pessimistic by nature, and I never participate in fads—especially related to athletics. Slumps occur, bottoms fall out, players come back down to earth.

Wearing Panda hats and long, stringy wigs is all well and good when Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum are succeeding. That’s how it goes in sports. You’re the man when you’re producing; you’re a bum when you’re not (see: Huff Daddy).

This brings me to the “Unnamed Left Fielder,” who got the entire fanbase behind him on the strength of a scorching-hot offensive performance (and some saucy defense as well). He had hundreds of fans donning idiotic dairy costumes in tribute. He was “The Man.”

Only, he really wasn’t. He was juicing the whole time. He was a fraud. At the time of his suspension, the Giants’ season seemed to be wrecked. He, not Buster Posey, had been their best hitter to that point. He’d been the league’s best hitter to that point. He got everybody to believe in him and depend on him, and then he got busted.

I know in the end, everything worked out, so logically I should be past what happened. But a re-marriage to a wonderful person doesn’t magically erase the bitterness and pain of an ugly divorce.

As you can see, I still won’t say or type his name or his ridiculous, unimaginative nickname of ’12. It’s my right as a fan and as a person to hold grudges—and it sure didn’t help that the ULF abused the Giants’ pitching staff during the Giants/Jays series.

(Note: Don’t question why I hold a grudge against the ULF and not Barry Bonds, Marvin Benard, Benny Santiago, Willie Mota or any other Giants PED noteworthies. I just do, okay? I still dislike the NBA’s Amar’e Stoudemire for showing up Golden State’s Adonal Foyle after a dunk seven years ago—even after since learning he’s not that bad a guy.)


AstroTurf Just Isn’t Baseball And Sloppiness is Contagious

Though I’m sure Angel Pagan didn’t mind, a standard major league base hit should not bounce over an outfielder’s head unless the outfielder is on his back napping or the outfielder in question is Emmanuel Lewis. (Google him; I’m not here to talk about the past).

But that’s exactly what happened in the third inning of the second game; Pagan’s single bounced off the Toronto turf over the ULF’s head and graduated to a double. Fortunately, there are only two of these wretched surfaces remaining in the bigs (as opposed to the 11 in use when I began following MLB in 1990.)

The following Giants made defensive mistakes during their 18 innings in Canada: Pablo Sandoval, Nick Noonan, Hunter Pence, Angel Pagan, Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro. (Furthermore, Scutaro and Brandon Belt allowed solidly struck balls to skip under them on the turf; these plays were ruled hits but may have been outs on a dirt infield.) They can’t all be blamed on the surface, but it didn’t help.

Giants Fans Should Emulate Jays Fans

Well, at least one of them.

One of the most annoying aspects of the AT&T Park experience (and most—if not all—other parks) are the fans who turn catching a foul ball into a Showcase Showdown triumph. They scream, hop up, throw their hands in the air as if at gunpoint and rotate around the park to ensure everyone in the park knows they did something any Little Leaguer can do—catch a baseball.

It’s pathetic at times. Such reactions are acceptable if the fan has caught the pennant-clinching home run ball or even made a difficult catch on a hard-hit foul. But our fans will ham it up on anything—even a popup that bounced off three pairs of kids’ hands first. The older the fan, the more drawn-out the celebration seems to be—sometimes lasting the remainder of the at-bat.

And of course, their “achievement” is instantly forgotten when the next guy snags one a couple of minutes later and repeats the cycle.

But I must give props to a Jays fan who calmly caught a bat flung from the hands of Pence in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. He snared it, grinned—and returned to his seat, as if he’d done it dozens of times before. To all AT&T Park visitors (and any of the other 29 parks) from now through eternity, please borrow a page from that guy’s book. Catch the ball and move on.

And of course, Go Giants.

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Philadelphia Phillies Rumors: Phillies Reportedly Make a Push for Angel Pagan

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Philadelphia Phillies are believed to have made an offer to outfielder Angel Pagan. Sources claim the offer is a four-year deal. Rosenthal also reported it is believed the San Francisco Giants have made a four-year offer to Pagan.

Let the bidding begin.

This is a very important signing for the Philadelphia Phillies, especially after the brutal month the club had to endure. Losing out on B.J. Upton to the Atlanta Braves, halting a trade for relief pitcher Wilton Lopez and Chooch’s 25-game suspension would make any team miserable.

Needless to say, the Phillies are due for some good news.

Pagan would bring an interesting dynamic to the Phillies’ clubhouse. A switch-hitter with the ability to hit in multiple spots of the lineup—including leadoff. He is also extremely versatile at each outfield position. 

Now, Pagan had a great season last year and has been steady for the past three, but he is prone to injury. That’s a chief concern for the Phillies, but his potential outweighs the negative. 

Finally, the Phillies signing Pagan would allow the club to keep pace with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals—who both have made huge splashes in the offseason, specifically center field. 

Maybe December is the month of good fortune for the Phillies. More details to follow on Pagan’s decision.

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