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Posts tagged ‘Angel Pagan’

2010 Protected List – The Fringe

Today we have the fourth installment in the my series of 2010 Protected List columns – The Fringe. These guys could go either way, with a lot of factors ultimately determining whether they make the cut. Of last year’s Fringe (Blake DeWitt, Jody Gerut, Chris Dickerson), two were protected, while hindsight said that I was 0-for-3 on that score. So, lesson learned, here goes this year’s attempt, in which I try to be more discerning:

John Baker
2 Years – $5
.271 Average, 59 Runs, 9 HR, 50 RBI, and 0 steals
Baker was selected in the 2009 auction, and didn’t seem to have that great a season. In fact, it often seemed that he was slumping and losing playing time to platoon partner Ronny Paulino, but his totals actually made his $5 salary worthwhile. Due to the Roadrunner roster crunch, it’s between Baker and Buster Posey, who is cheaper and has more upside.

Verdict: Release

Matt Diaz
2 Years – $5
.313 Average, 56 Runs, 13 HR, 58 RBI, and 12 steals
Seemingly as usual, Diaz was an early-season pickup and produced some decent numbers in a platoon in the Braves outfield, shared with Garrett Anderson. Normally a .280 hitter, the 2009 average was a surprise, as were the 12 steals. Most projection systems have him earning between $9-14 for 2010, so likely to be protected this year, unless the Braves sign Johnny Damon or Jermaine Dye in the next few days before the deadline.

Verdict: Probable Protection – Game Day Decision

[Update: Protected]

Mat Gamel
2 Years – $5
.242 Average, 11 Runs, 5 HR, 20 RBI, and 1 steal
Gamel was protected as a minor leaguer and was one of Milwaukee’s top prospects coming into 2010. He was called up in May, but languished on the bench, as the hot hand of Casey McGehee manned third base. A defensive liability, he has lost most of his luster as a hitter, his strong 2008 may now be an outlier.

Verdict: Release

Ryan Hanigan
2 Years – $5
.263 Average, 22 Runs, 3 HR, 11 RBI, and 0 steals
Hanigan took over from Ramon Hernandez in July, and at a glance, seemed to do a good job, especially when it came to batting average. However, reviewing his stats, there’s just nothing there. The re-signing of Hernandez by the Reds relegated Hanigan to backup duty again, and most agree that will be his role for the next decade.

Verdict: Release

Chase Headley
1 Year – $5
.262 Average, 62 Runs, 12 HR, 64 RBI, and 10 steals
Headley has been on the RoadRunners since midway through the 2007 season, when he was gunning for the Texas League MVP. Stuck in left field due to the arrival of Kevin Kouzmanoff the past two seasons, Headley should be the starter at the hot corner in 2010 with the Crushin’ Russian’s departure to Oakland. Headley’s numbers should look better at 3B, and those steals are a bit of a surprise.

Verdict: Protect

Angel Pagan
2 Years – $5
.306 Average, 54 Runs, 6 HR, 32 RBI, and 14 steals
Pagan was a great pickup mid-season, as he became a starter due to the injuries to Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church, who was later traded to Atlanta. .300 average and 14 steals should play everyday, but this is the Mets, who brought in Jason Bay this offseason. But then Carlos Beltran underwent knee surgery a few weeks ago, and may miss the first month or two of the season. To counter, the Mets took Lil’ Sarge, Gary Mathews, Jr. off the Angels’ hands, so now Pagan has to compete for the CF job, and eventual 4th OF slot. Too much risk for what would be my 4th OF slot. No thanks.

Verdict: Release

Brendan Ryan
2 Years – $5
.292 Average, 55 Runs, 3 HR, 37 RBI, and 14 steals
Another sneaky fast performer that was picked up mid-season, this time to replace the injured Jose Reyes on the roster. As a starting shortstop, Ryan will have to fend off prospect Travis Greene, as well as middle infield re-tread Julio Lugo, and may find himself batting ninth behind the pitcher due to manager Tony LaRussa’s whims. That said, you pretty much know what you get with him, though the average and steals are probably high-water marks. We’ll look for him as a pick-up or even minor league pick, but the roster spot is too valuable.

Verdict: Release

Edinson Volquez
1 Year – $2
4 Wins, 4.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 47 K’s (in 49 innings)
Volquez was the injury-challenge player acquired from Get Off Kong! in June (Jose Reyes went the other way, neither played again in 2009 – a wash). After several false-starts in rehab, Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and will likely miss most of the 2010 season, though he is targeting a mid-season return. The protected list isn’t a good place for rehab.

Verdict: Release

Sean West
2 Years – $5
8 Wins, 4.79 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 70 K’s (in 103 MLB innings)
West was called up from AA to fill in for the injured Andrew Miller in May, and he did alright the first time through the league. He had some great outings, and some rather pedestrian ones as well. He could likely use more seasoning, but would be a decent 5th starter type. But not worth a protected slot.

Verdict: Release

Pagan Pitted Against Little Sarge in Centerfield Cage Match

Mets GM Omar Minaya said Friday that the center field job will be an “open competition” between Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr.. And so it begins. Pagan, 28, hit .306/.350/.487 with six homers, 32 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 343 at-bats last season and played solid defense in the outfield, but he’s going to lose playing time to Minaya’s new toy. Matthews, who’s now 35, batted just .250/.336/.361 in 2009 with four homers and four stolen bases in 316 at-bats. He has two bad knees and is no longer a talented defensive outfielder. Let’s all just pray that Carlos Beltran returns quickly. (Rotoworld)

Pagan May Be Opening Day Centerfielder for Mets

Carlos Beltran underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee Wednesday afternoon and is expected to be idle for the next 12 weeks. The Mets released a statement on the matter just moments ago stating that Beltran began experiencing “osteoarthritis of the right knee” several weeks ago “to the point where pre-spring training conditioning became too painful.” He opted to undergo the procedure through his own personal doctor and will almost certainly miss the first month of the season, if not more. The Mets may rush to sign another outfielder before spring training begins. (Rotoworld)

Follow-up: ESPN’s Eric Karabell touts Pagan:

Angel Pagan: Draft this guy! Pagan is going to replace Beltran in center field, and while I’d never compare these two players — one could end up with Hall of Fame votes and the other has journeyman written all over him — the fact is that Pagan played well in 2009. He hit 11 triples in half a season. His overall OPS matched that of David Wright, who contended for the batting title. Pagan hit .306, with a .333 average and .938 OPS at unfavorable Citi Field. I’m more likely to make Pagan, a potential double-double guy, my last-round mixed-league pick than take Beltran in the top 100. Let’s not get crazy here, since regular playing time likely will expose Pagan over time. My point is if Pagan performs anything like he did in 2009, there’s yet another reason for Beltran to be treated with patience and caution.

Pagan Ends 2009 With a Bang

Angel Pagan went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the Mets’ 4-0 win over the Astros on Sunday. Pagan doubled twice, tripled, and singled in the contest. He completes the season with a .306 average, 22 doubles, 11 triples, and six homers in in just 343 at-bats. With all the problems the Mets had this season, Pagan was one of the few bright spots and could well return as a starter in 2010. (Rotoworld)

Roster Moves – July 21 – Week 16

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • OF Angel Pagan, Mets ($0 bid, active at UT)
  • RP Kiko Calero, Marlins ($0 bid, active)
  • RP Nick Masset, Reds ($0 bid, active)

Down:

  • C John Baker (was UT)
  • SP Edinson Volquez

Cut:

  • SP Todd Wellemeyer
  • OF Reed Johnson
  • RP Clay Zavada

Notes:

  • I bid $0 on Nationals MI Alberto Gonzalez, but Goodfellas won (also with a $0 bid)
  • Phillies P Pedro Martinez was a backup $0 bid for both the Calero and Pagan acquisitions.  Pedro went to X-Men for $12
  • Nick Masset re-joins the squad, having been released just five days ago.
  • 3B Mat Gamel was sent down to AAA Nashville on Monday, July 20th