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Angel Pagan hauls in this long drive in Game 4 of the World Series.
Angel Pagan was coming off a poor season in 2011 when Giants' GM Brian Sabean was able to work out a deal with the Mets to acquire Pagan for fan favorite Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. Pagan found a home in San Francisco and the fans embraced him.
Pagan plays the game with a great deal of emotion and the roaring crowds at AT&T Park energized him. Pagan said on numerous occasions how much he loved the fans, which made them adore him even more.
On the field, Pagan put up some great numbers while playing a career-high 154 games. He hit .288, with an OBP of .338. Pagan's OPS was .778, which was solid for a leadoff hitter.
Pagan led the league in triples with 15 and also stole 29 bases. Pagan's defense also improved steadily over the second half of the season.
The Giants signed Pagan to a four-year, $40 million contract. Looking at what some of the other outfielders on the free-agent market are commanding, this deal for Pagan is actually a very good one.
Torii Hunter was the first big-name outfielder to sign. He completed a two-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. Hunter is 37 years of age, so the size of this deal was somewhat of a surprise.
The Giants were hoping to land Pagan with a three-year deal, which I figured would be around $36 million. When they signed him to a four-year contract for $40 million, I was okay with that. Pagan will be 35 years old when this contract expires, but in my view, the Giants got the extra year for only $4 million more.
Then, when I see Shane Victorino signing a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, I am even more pleased with the Pagan deal. In addition, the other top quality center fielders on the free-agent market, Michael Bourn and Josh Hamilton, are both looking for far bigger deals than what Pagan agreed to.
Hopefully, Pagan will be productive for the duration of the contract. However, even if the Giants are forced to eat the final year of this deal, but Pagan plays three solid seasons in San Francisco, this will have been a very good deal for both parties.