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.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League West.
The Giants had the best record in all of baseball at the All-Star Break and the Dodgers lost the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw for a big chunk of the season. Yet, somehow, L.A. won the NL West by four games. The biggest culprit was the Giants’ suspect bullpen, which they put some real money toward fixing this winter. Is it enough? Or is a a Dodgers team with a healthy Kershaw just too talented for San Francisco to handle?
Below them is an intriguing Rockies team, though probably not a truly good Rockies team. The Dbacks have a lot of assorted talent but are nonetheless in reshuffle mode following a miserable 2016 campaign. The Padres, meanwhile, are in full-fledged rebuilding mode, but do possess some of the best minor league talent in the game.
Here are our previews of the 2017 NL West:
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West
There’s not a lot of separation between the top three teams in this division. Indeed, it would not be a surprise for either the Astros, Rangers or Mariners to end the year on top. Part of that is because none of these contenders are perfect, with all three facing some big challenges in putting together a strong rotation.
Meanwhile, the best baseball player in the universe toils in Anaheim, where he’ll most likely have to content himself to playing spoiler. Up the coast in Oakland . . . um, green is pretty?
Our 2017 AL West Previews:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim