Guillen, on the other hand, is expensive and has proven time and time again to be a cancer to the health of every ball club he has been a part of.
If the Royals really want Pagan , perhaps a deal could be built around sending Alberto Callaspo and a pitching prospect or two.
For the Padres, the draw would be that Pagan is cheap and is under team control for three more years. The Cubs have a gaping hole in CF, and with Kosuke Fukudome playing a bad RF and Alfonso Soriano playing a horrendous LF, Pagan's plus defense would be a huge help in CF.
Could the Mets work out a deal for Adrian Gonzalez using Pagan as one of the pieces? Do the Cubs have prospects the Mets could use to plug some holes? I think that these are probably both ideas that Omar Minaya and the Mets front office will pursue in the next few weeks.