Veteran outfielder Angel Pagan remains a free agent with spring training under way and the regular season looming on the horizon. Playing with Team Puerto Rico in an exhibition against the Giants, his former team, Pagan spoke with the media about his contract status.
MLB.com’s Chris Haft reports that Pagan has only received minor league contract offers thus far, which he’s not interested in. Pagan said, “I just don’t feel I need to be fighting for a job. […] If a team wants me to help a team win, they know I can help them win.” He continued, “Because I’ve been in that situation. I’m a winning player. I’m healthy. They’ll see it in the (World) Baseball Classic.”
Puerto Rico is in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic. The team will play its first game of pool play against Venezuela at 9 PM EST on Friday.
Pagan, 35, hit .277/.331/.418 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 543 plate appearances last season with the Giants.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.