BMF has ways been a big Pagan fan. I loved the passion and spark he brought to Mets when he first arrived but injuries kept derailing him, until 2010. That ‘10 breakout season saw him hit .290 with 49 XBH’s and 37 SB’s.
‘11 was definitely a regression for Pagan who struggled with nagging health issues en route to .262 avg, .322 OBP, 7 HR, 32 SB.
Last year he made $3.5M while next year he stands to earn $4.5-5M through arbitration.
Of course for any mere mortal that’s a friggin fortune but in the bizarre world of pro sports 5M is pretty cheap… so long as he regains ‘10 form.
I for one think the odds are good that Pagan rebounds. While in the past he’s had a knack for getting hurt it’s a track record of serious injuries that shut him down for the year.
Remember when he went over the wall down the LF line in Chavez Ravine? The guy was hustling his ass off to make a play and got hurt. I have a much harder time chalking an injury like that up to a guy who is injury phone as opposed to a guy who keeps getting hurt with various aliments throughout the season like ‘11.
I may be wrong on that but I think Pagan is in a good position to have a bounce back season so I’d take a chance on him.
And let’s not forget Angel also has the NYC intangible working for him. Meaning he’s played and delivered in NYC - not something to be taken for granted.