The defending World Series Champions are one step closer to having the old group put back together again. The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a 4 year $40 million deal with CF Angel Pagan. The new contract comes with a $5 million signing bonus, and will pay Pagan $7 million this season , $9 million in 2014 and 2015 and $10 million in 2016.
The Giants acquired Angel Pagan last offseason when they traded OF Andres Torres and RP Ramon Ramirez to the New York Mets. Pagan immediately became the Giants starting CF but expectations were low. Pagan surpassed all expectations in 2012, finishing the regular season with a .288 BA, 29 SB's and 95 Runs. What made Pagan's season even more spectacular was his major league leading 15 triples. He also broke the Giants team record for triples in a season, which was previously held by Willie Mays. Pagan's game went beyond the stats as he provided the Giants excellent defense in a vast center field and gave the team the leadoff hitter it had been lacking for some time.
Before the Giants signed Pagan, there was speculation that Pagan was being looked at by the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, and several other clubs. The Giants also looked into CF's Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn, but focused their efforts on re-signing Pagan. Now with Pagan locked up, expect San Francisco to go hard after 2B Marco Scutaro. "Blockbuster" as he was nicknamed by his teammates was a mid-season acquisition from the Colorado Rockies. If the Giants could bring back Scutaro, they would have the same lineup that won Game 4 against the Detroit Tigers.