Just as Marty Noble of MLB.com completed a piece making Pagan out to be a hard luck case, news from Florida surfaced making him look more like a knucklehead.
Pagan was once a top prospect in the Mets organization, but kept getting over looked for other flashier outfielders such as Lastings Milledge and Carlos Gomez.
Eventually Pagan's rights were sold to the Cubs in 2006, but when he finally made it to the majors, in Chicago, he was injured and missed 2 1/2 months. Pagan would play 148 games between 2006-2007 in which he batted .255, for the Cubs.
Prior to the 2008 season the Mets would trade a couple low level minor leaguers to have the outfielder returned to them. He was expected to compete with Endy Chavez as the fourth outfielder, but when Moises Alou went down to injury, and Pagan took advantage of the situation.
After a very hot spring, Pagan was the starting left fielder to begin the 2008 season. In 31 games hit .275 while playing solid defense, just as he was settling into the majors as a regular, he blew out his shoulder diving into the stands to catch a foul ball. The shoulder injury would cost him the rest of the entire 2008 season.
Over the winter Endy Chavez was traded and it appeared that Pagan, being a switch hitter and better offensive player had an advantage over Jeremy Reed for the fourth outfield position. But once again injury has resulted in Pagan missing out on his opportunity to be a major league player.
And even when he is fit to play and ready for a return to the big leagues, chances are there will be no need for him on the Mets' roster. Reed probably would have won the assignment even if Pagan had remained healthy. And now Reed has won a place in manager Jerry Manuel's outfield scheme -- as much as anyone can in 22 appearances, mostly for defense. source MLB.com
The 27 y/o outfielder who makes at least $375,000 ( league min. ) was arrested in Florida for driving while suspended and active warrants for un-paid traffic tickets. So, instead of looking like a hard luck case that fans feel sorry for, he now looks like an immature knucklehead who is irresponsible and a bad driver.......
On Thursday troopers stopped Pagan, 27, for speeding on Interstate 95 when during a license check deputies learned he was driving on a suspended license and had several warrants, the report states. source TC Palm