Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Mets plan to tender Angel Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline.
Pagan, 30, regressed in a big way this season, batting just .262/.322/.372 with seven home runs, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS over 532 plate appearances while leading major league center fielders with 10 errors. He is expected to make between $4-5 million in his final year of arbitration.
Of course, just because Heyman hears the Mets plan to tender Pagan a contract doesn’t mean that’s actually their intention. They could be leaking this information in an effort to increase leverage in trade talks. However, with no in-house replacement for center field and an underwhelming field of free agent alternatives (Coco Crisp, Rick Ankiel, David DeJesus and Cody Ross, just to name a few), they might be better served to take their chances on a bounceback season.
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Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list all year because of nagging right calf strain, but he’s about to take a big step toward getting back to action.
Beltre has been cleared to begin playing in extended spring training games. He’ll commence them tomorrow at the Rangers facility in Surprise, Arizona. After three games the team’s doctors will reevaluate him. If things go well, he’ll likely be sent off for a full minor league rehab assignment.
Joey Gallo has filled in for Beltre all season, bringing a lot of power but not much else to the table. While Beltre is 38, his all-around game would be welcomed back on the field and his leadership would be welcomed back in the Rangers clubhouse. On a personal note, Beltre is only 58 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.
Barring a setback, he’ll be back with the big club in early June and will hit the milestone eventually.