Pagan says he will sit out the entire 2017 season to spend time with family, Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports. The veteran outfielder says he has already turned down multiple minor-league contract offers and simply wants to spend a year outside baseball. Pagan had reached a deal with the Orioles this spring before a failed physical sunk the proposition, but did compete for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Although not officially retired, it will be a long road back for the 35-year-old if he does decide to return to the game.
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 Pagan was originally slated to bat fifth and play left field, but he has been replaced by Gregor Blanco.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.
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