December 3, 2012
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The San Francisco Giants have inked free agent Angel Pagan to a four-year deal, according to Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.
Pagan is the second legitimate center fielder the Phillies were interested in that signed with a different team. B.J. Upton signed with the Braves last week.
Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Phillies and Giants were the front runners to sign Pagan.
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November 30, 2012
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The Phillies pursuit of B.J. Upton failed when he signed a five-year, $75.25 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.
But the Phillies pursuit of a starting centerfielder is far from over. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Phillies are interested in free agent Angle Pagan, having offered him a four-year deal.
The Phillies aren’t alone. Pagan’s former club, World Champion San Francisco, has also offered Pagan a four-year deal.
Pagan’s injury history concerns Phillies officials, sources say — he has played in more than 123 games only twice in his career, including last season when he appeared in a career-high 154.
His speed, athleticism and offensive ability, however, are all enticing.
Pagan last season batted .288 with a .778 OPS and stole 29 bases in 36 attempts. His numbers out of the leadoff spot — a .290 batting average and .829 OPS in 338 at-bats — were even better.