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Angel Pagan: “I just don’t feel I need to be fighting for a job.”


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.’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.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.