The Mets avoided arbitration with Angel Pagan today by agreeing on a one-year, $3.5-million contract.
“For the first time in my career I have a spot on the team,” Pagan said in a statement. “But I’m not taking anything for granted. I can’t wait for spring training to start. I think we’ll be better than people are predicting.”
I guess I was a little too generous in my prediction for Pagan. Here's how I saw it back on Nov. 2. (Pagan later asked for $4.2 million, the Mets countered with $3,062,500)
Angel Pagan – The uncertain health of Carlos Beltran means that he likely will not be traded this offseason, but Pagan still remains extremely valuable as the backup centerfielder and starter in right. A speedy defender, the switch-hitting Pagan also had a breakthrough season at the plate (.290-.340-.425) with 11 home runs and 37 stolen bases in 46 attempts. Like Pelfrey, he was a nice bargain, earning just $1.5 million for that production. With Beltran headed elsewhere after ’11, Pagan is a logical replacement if he keeps this performance up, and he doesn’t become a free agent until after the ’12 season. Verdict – 1 yr, $4.5 million