Last off-season, the San Francisco Giants were looking for ways to improve their offense. They made a move to bring in some speed on the base paths, when GM Brian Sabean traded away a fan favorite from the 2010 World Series team, and a reliable bullpen arm to get their speedy outfielder.
The players that were traded away to the New York Mets were outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. The Giants received outfielder Angel Pagan in the deal.
A year has passed since the trade, and now we can look back to reflect on who got the better end of the trade. Torres put up mediocre numbers in New York. He hit .230 in 132 games, and only 13 steals. Ramirez also had a down year with the Mets. With the Giants in 2011, Ramirez had a 2.62 ERA. Last season in New York, he had a 4.24 ERA.
Meanwhile, Pagan had a better year with the Giants. His average went from .262 in New York to .288 in San Francisco, and he also scored a career high 95 runs.
Pagan helped bring the Giants another World Series Championship. He’s also signed a four-year deal to stay in San Francisco. The crazy part is Pagan now also gets to play with the guys he was traded for last off-season.
Earlier this off-season, the Giants signed Torres to a one year deal, so he can platoon and fight for playing time with Gregor Blanco in left field. Yesterday, the Giants also agreed to terms with Ramirez on a minor league deal. He will head to Spring Training looking to force the issue and make the Giants Opening Day roster in the bullpen. Ramirez should be able to break camp with the Giants.
I would say this is a no brainer: the Giants definitely got the better half of this trade. They also get their guys back that they parted with to land Pagan. It’s like they just loaned them out for a season.