Reaction to prospect of non-tendering Pagan.

I chuckled this afternoon when I read an account suggesting the Mets could non-tender Angel Pagan this winter after this disappointing season. Pagan has not built on last year’s strong showing, but that hardly means the Mets are looking to dump him. If they were, they’d be shopping him now, but aren’t.

PAGAN: Odds say he'll stay.

Pagan is making $3.5 million this year and arbitration eligible. It isn’t as if he’ll break the Mets’ bank this winter.

The Mets are precariously think in the outfield now, and will only get thinner once Carlos Beltran is traded. Fernando Martinez is hardly proven he’s ready to play full time next year, let alone stay healthy.

Jason Bay has a spot in left because he has a contract that can’t be traded and maybe they’ll give Lucas Duda a chance in right. Who’s going to play center all season? Jason Pridie? Scott Hairston? Hardly.

Pagan has been a disappointment, but showed us something last summer to warrant another chance. Of course, all of this would be a moot point if the Mets signed a free-agent outfielder or traded for B.J. Upton.

It’s not happening. Expect to see Pagan again in 2012.

4 thoughts on “Reaction to prospect of non-tendering Pagan.

  1. That is fine. As you say it is not like we have great talent knocking on the mlb door.

  2. Did you stop to think that maybe the reason why the Mets aren’t shopping Pagan is that he has no value? Are there really any teams that would give up anything for the 2011 version of Angel Pagan?

    Pagan is likely to make at least $4 million next year if the Mets keep him. I haven’t looked at the potential free agent list, but it’s certainly possible they could get a better player for that investment.

  3. Paul (3): My statement was that if the Mets wanted to dump him they’d be shopping him now. The Mets can’t be looking to deal both Beltran and Pagan, because where would that leave the rest of the outfield for this year. Thanks for you post. Hope to see you again sometime.-JD