Gotta Keep Pagan

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. 

13 Responses to “Gotta Keep Pagan”

  1. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    I don’t think that the Mets want Pagan back and its just not because of his statistics or on field performance.

    There was alot of talk during the year that he was “sulking” and was a negative force in the clubhouse. This is the major reason I feel he wont be back next year.

    Is it me or does it just feel like the Mets are just going to cut payroll and players and just pack it in and forget that we even have a season to play in 2012?

  2. USMF Says:

    I really can’t tell if Angel can rebound this BB% and K% improved in 2011 over 2010, but his BABIP took a big hit. But really, his advanced numbers didn’t change all that much.

    So maybe next year his BA should go up a bit, but his fielding is what really bothers me.

    I don’t know how we can run such an inconsistent fielder out to Center every night.

    I know Angels probably our best option…especially seeing that Sandy does not want to spend any money nor-sign any top-tier talent.

  3. Lord Charles Says:

    One other thing to consider: a benefit of the walls being moved in is that there will be less ground to cover. This has generally been taken to mean that the Mets will need to place less emphasis on having a super-athletic OF to cover all the ground, but it also means that OFers who may not be the brightest bulbs will have less room to screw up in…

  4. Patrick Says:

    If we get rid of Pagan who plays center?

  5. USMF Says:

    I’ll do it!

    Who wants to play SS?

  6. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Boy it is really starting to smell bad around here!….Am I the only one who smells the stench?

  7. USMF Says:

    I smell it too…It really seems like Sandy is letting this team wither itself down to a 80mil payroll team in hopes that in 3-4 years we can have young talent in place that will make the team winners so he can increase payroll…or making the team cheep so Freddy can payback MLB and/or sell the team.

    Either way, it doesn’t look good for us fans…we’ll be stuck with a loser for four years and hope that maybe then we’ll start winning.

    I love when a Met official “leaked” that Philly is too good and they are waiting for them to get old so then they might have a chance to compete.

  8. IrishMike Says:

    It looks like Alderson is being given the same task as Donnie Walsh was when he came to the Knicks - to “clear cap space” so the team can be rebuilt down the road. In baseball of course the cap is more of an internal celing obviously.

    Can I get that job somewhere? It has to be the easiest job on earth. Donnie Walsh got all this credit for for two years like he was some kind of genius for “clearing cap space” which not so loosely translated means “sit around and do nothing.” Again - where do I apply for that job?

    Okay that rant aside the Mets do have to do a little bit of the ‘tear down in order to rebuild” routine but as many have already said on here it shouldn’t be as drastic a tear down as it seems they are planning. They’ve jettisoned the Perez, Castillo and K-Rod contracts already. That creates room to build back up. By signing Reyes? Depends what other offers he gets. But please do something.

  9. dave Says:

    I see Endy Chavez is a free agent! Let Pagan go! I WANT ENDY BACK! BRING BACK ENDY!!!

  10. dave Says:

    Endy hit .301 for texas this year!

  11. USMF Says:

    I wanna bet Endy caught the ball too.

  12. BrooklynBill Says:

    I am not as down on Pagan as the rest I guess. He is a little overpaid relative to his value. He is 30 and doesn’t seem to be a consistent everyday player, which is a bad tag to have at that age.

    However, in fairness to Pagan, he is not the reason we suck…

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