Angel Pagan had a sneaky-good fantasy year in 2016, hitting a career-high 12 homers and swiping 15 bases while slashing .277/.331/.418 in 543 at-bats. Usually known for his speed, the outfielder produced a surprising .141 isolated power rating, his best mark since 2012. Pagan's solid season was even more valuable to fantasy owners considering he went undrafted in many formats. Durability has always been the 35-year-old's Achilles heel, and it will likely suppress his price heading into the 2017 season, but Pagan has proven that he can still contribute with his bat and legs when he is healthy. At this stage of his career, it may be best for Pagan to be used as a fourth outfielder in an effort to limit the wear and tear on his body.
Toronto, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta and Detroit have all expressed interest in signing Pagan, who's expected to make a decision in the next 48 hours, Jim Bowden of ESPN reports. It was odd that Pagan went unsigned this winter after he hit a career-high 12 homers while slashing .277/.331/.418 last year. He reportedly failed a physical when close to signing a contract with Baltimore earlier this spring, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. However, Pagan hit .303 (8-for-31) in seven games for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, seemingly putting any fears over his health to rest. There's a solid chance that he finds steady playing time once he lands with a new team.
Pagan went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game loss to Team USA. He hit .303 (8-for-31) in seven games for Puerto Rico. Pagan remains a free agent but showed he's worthy of a big league job in the WBC and also showed he's healthy. Pagan was close to signing with Baltimore earlier this spring before failing a physical, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Atlanta was reportedly interested in signing Pagan before the WBC started, so it may not be long until he signs with a MLB team.
Pagan (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday for Game 4 of the Giants' NLDS matchup with the Cubs. Pagan was a late scratch Monday due to back spasms, and it appears he is still dealing with soreness, as Gregor Blanco will get the start in left field Tuesday. Pagan may be available off the bench, but he did not play at all Monday despite the game going 13 innings.
Pagan is a late scratch for Monday's matchup with the Cubs due to back spasms, Jayson Stark of ESPN reports. Pagan was originally slated to bat fifth and play left field, but he has been replaced by Gregor Blanco. No further information is known about the injury.
Pagan went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. Pagan broke through against Clayton Kershaw in the fifth with a solo shot that traveled 374 feet and broke a scoreless tie. The veteran outfielder has multi-hit outings in four of his last seven games despite finishing September with a forgettable .190/.252/.295 line. The homer was also his first since Sep. 13 versus the Padres.