Giants, Pagan agree to 4-year deal
Giants general manager Brian Sabean can check two big boxes off
his winter to-do list.
San Francisco and free-agent center fielder Angel Pagan agreed
to a $40 million, four-year contract Monday as the winter meetings
got under way in Nashville, Tenn.
Bobby Evans, the team’s vice president of baseball operations,
said the deal with Pagan was ”very close” and the leadoff hitter
would be subject to a physical to finalize his return to the
reigning World Series champions.
Retaining Pagan was among the top priorities for Sabean this
offseason, along with keeping recently re-signed left-handed
reliever Jeremy Affeldt and second baseman Marco Scutaro. Affeldt
received an $18 million, three-year contract Nov. 14.
The 31-year-old Pagan batted .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs
and a San Francisco-best 15 triples in his first season with the
Giants. Pagan said late in the season and again after the World
Series parade that he hoped to return, but wanted to test free
agency and sought some job security in the form of a multiyear
On Friday, Sabean said the club had made backup plans to move
forward without Pagan or Scutaro in case neither decided to re-sign
– but progress with Pagan apparently happened during the weekend
after Sabean said, ”We don’t have a deal, so that tells you we’re
Whether NL championship series MVP Scutaro returns is still a
question. He very well could have a new suitor in the mix after the
New York Yankees said Monday that third baseman Alex Rodriguez will
have surgery on his left hip and could be lost until the 2013
Sabean said he likely wouldn’t address his bullpen until after
first negotiating with the representatives for Pagan and
The 37-year-old Scutaro hit .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs
in 61 games with the Giants after he was acquired in a trade with
the Colorado Rockies.
San Francisco declined Friday to tender a contract to closer
Brian Wilson, who is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery on
his right elbow.
NOTES: Giants senior vice president of communications Staci
Slaughter received the 2012 Robert O. Fishel Award for Public
Relations Excellence on Monday night in Nashville.