4:09pm: Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles, but a failed physical blew things up, Heyman reports. It isn’t clear just when that occurred or what the issue was.
The deal with Baltimore was a major league deal, Heyman suggests. Pagan’s agent, Greg Genske, also says that other teams have offered MLB roster spots, per the report. Indeed, Atlanta is potentially interested in such an arrangement, though it’s not clear at what price tag.
This new report seems to change the story on Pagan. It now appears that opportunity and/or money are the main sticking points. The veteran has “been seeking close to $5MM” in contract talks, according to Heyman.
3:47pm: The Pirates and the Braves are among the “many” teams that have made offers to outfielder Angel Pagan, tweets Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. (Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported that the Braves had made an offer.) However, the 35-year-old Pagan has reportedly been holding out for a Major League offer, and it doesn’t seem that any team has made that type of proposal to this point, as Heyman adds that the outfielder has yet to find a suitable opportunity.
Pagan isn’t exactly missing out on Spring Training entirely, as he’s playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, so he’ll be somewhat up to speed if he does ink a deal with a club at some point this month. Earlier this week, Pagan told reporters that he feels that his 2016 play has earned him a spot somewhere. It’s hard to argue that, based on Pagan’s 2016 season. While he may no longer be much of an option in center field, he did bat .277/.331/.418 with 12 home runs and 15 steals last season, and his defense in left field as passable in the eyes of Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved.
Both Atlanta and Pittsburgh were among the speculative landing spots I listed for Pagan last week, as either one makes sense on paper. The Braves don’t have a true fourth outfielder, as their current backup options in center field include Jace Peterson, Chase d’Arnaud and perhaps non-roster invitee Lane Adams. The Pirates, meanwhile, are currently set to utilize Adam Frazier as an infielder/outfielder off the bench but lack a pure fourth outfield option themselves.
Jays are gonna regret this when the Carrera/Melvin Upton platoon is rocking a .600 OPS. They could play Pearce, but he’s going to end up being the 1B.
Melvin has always been a model of consistency. No way he will disappoint.
“Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles, but a failed physical blew things up.”
Of course it did lol
O’s love doing that —it’s an angelos game
Angel how about a minor league deal with the ML minimum and some incentives for MLB games played or plate appearances every 40 GP or 200 PA with the opportunity to max out at $3.5M (i,e. $1M at each threshold).
Why does it always seem like players fail the physical in Baltimore. That’s happened a couple time recently as I recall.
I’ve read that they look at very specific things in their physical results, perhaps things other teams don’t look at as closely. Of course, they also signed JJ Hardy, and he’s been hurt a ton since he’s been there.
Who hasn’t failed a physical with Baltimore by now?
Jose Bautista lol
That is hilarious.
But let’s not forget that Bautista was already an Oriole once, so they may have moved him because his physical wasn’t up to the impossible standards of the organization.
“Who hasn’t failed a physical with Baltimore by now?”
— Clark Kent, Commander Data, and Seven of Nine.
JJ Wattcha Going to do Brother
Folks make fun of the Orioles but they’re almost always correct with these failed physicals.
And his cousin Grant Strikethree
They really have done well in that regard although they probably wish they never signed Gallardo after he failed his.
Jose Osuna is a way better 4th outfielder option for the Pirates than Pagan…
Now if they would just dump Jaso and Rogers I would be a happy fan…
Rogers was already dropped off the 40 man. And I dont understand the hate for Jaso. He’s a nice bench piece.
A lot of club don’t give physicals glad we don’t pay for damage goods
Huh? Every free agent signed by any team goes through a physical. That’s SOP.
just over pay for flawed ones
It’s the oriole way
Hmmm…this seems to happen a lot with the Os. Was the next thing out of their mouths “But we’ll sign you on a minors deal, how bout it?”
“The Pirates and the Braves are among the “many” teams that have made offers to outfielder Angel Pagan, tweets Jon Heyman”
…so let’s see, the “young up and coming Braves” currently have 15 guys 30 or older, a couple more on the cusp and they are trying to add yet another?
So when exactly does this young up and coming team plan on playing an actual, you know, young player?
Hopefully, the answer to your question is : When they are ready. So many teams rush players to the majors before they “develop”. Just look at all the young talent that have strike out rates like Dave Kingman. Look at what the Rangers have done with Joey Gallo. He’s only 23, but was rushed. He’s played parts of two seasons so his clock is ticking and the team has been using up their options on him. He’s basically destined to be a 4A player, changing teams every year, because of how they handled him. He would have been better off being left in the minors until he was 24 or 25 so he could learn to put the ball in play. If he does develop, it likely will be after his time in Texas is over. Atlanta should be in no rush.
Very idiotic comment. from darkstar61
If you call his comment idiotic you at least owe us som reason why u think it is…
Pagan has showed his value in the WBC I think the Padres take s cheap flyer for one year.