Saturday, November 24, 2012

Report: Giants, Pagan Not on Same Page in Contract Talks

Angel Pagan wants long-term commitment from a team during his free agency, and the San Francisco Giants are not sure he is worth it.

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the Giants and Pagan are not on the same page whatsoever when it comes to re-signing the World Series champion.

"The San Francisco Giants have been talking with Angel Pagan, but aren't sure they want to give him as many years as he wants in his next deal ..."
Pagan was a key threat at the top of the line-up during the postseason, and with his range in the outfield and moderate power, he should see a a good amount of attention this offseason. Contract offers from teams could reach double-digit millions per year. However, it is the years that matter to Pagan, who is reportedly desiring more than three years -- something the Giants are not sure they can commit to.

One reason for the hesitation on the Giants' part is the fact they have been through this type of situation before. Like Pagan, Aubrey Huff had a breakout year with the Giants on their way to a World Series title in 2010. The team offered him a $10 million contract that offseason.

Now, with Huff's contract off the books, $10 million seems about right to re-sign Pagan.

Another reason for the Giants' hesitation is that they have speedy outfielder Gary Brown making his way up the team's minor league system, and he could be ready for the MLB within the next 1-2 years.

The Giants' contract offer to Pagan, if there is one, is likely contingent on the team's faith that Brown can be MLB-ready in the near future.

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