The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are active today, making sure they keep their core of guys together that helped win two of the last three championships. They went a long way in shoring up their center field position by re-signing Angel Pagan, who was one of the more underrated sought after free agents.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the deal is done and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports says the deal is a four years, $40 million. It might sound like a lot for Pagan, who is not considered one of the top free agents but is a good player in his own right. Pagan hit .288 with eight homers and 56 RBIs, but his worth is on the base path as he stole 29 bases in 36 tries. He was acquired at the winter meetings in 2011 in a trade with the New York Mets.
Pagan had a 4.0 Wins Above Replacement in 2012, just under the widely considered All Star level of 5.0. He was clearly a priority for the Giants. Pagan was drawing interest from many teams at the winter meetings, including the Philadelphia Phillies, so GM Brian Sabean wasted no time bringing his guy back.
He was key in a playoff run that nobody saw coming as the Giants tested the absolute brink of elimination in both NL playoff matchups before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. With the Los Angeles Dodgers making moves both during the 2012 season and pushing hard for Zach Greinke, the Giants have to keep up the pace to remain the favorites in their division.