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Should Angel Pagan Come Back In 2013?

 

Angel Pagan led the NL in Triples with 15 in 2012 amongst his 61 Extra Base Hits and 95 Runs.  This year he had scored 30 runs in 46 Games played despite a .262/.314/.688 3 Slash.

Angel Pagan led the NL in Triples with 15 in 2012 amongst his 61 Extra Base Hits and 95 Runs. This year he had scored 30 runs in 46 Games played despite a .262/.314/.688 3 Slash.  The team was 25 – 21 with him in the lineup – and now have gone 31 – 51 since.

By Jon Schifferle ( Giants Correspondent – visit his own personal website here.)  

With the Giants so far out of the playoff picture this year, many may ask why Angel Pagan coming back makes sense.  Why risk a guy getting reinjured?  Why not give him more rest to come back 100% next season?

While these are legitimate questions, it only makes sense that Angel Pagan returns this September to play with the Giants.  

Angel Pagan is a long term asset for the Giants.  He is just one year into his four year deal, and will be counted in the next few years to help the team compete for another World Series title.

Angel Pagan will be a vital part of the 2014 Giants.  If he can't produce, the team will have a very hard time trying to compete.

Angel Pagan will be a vital part of the 2014 Giants. If he can’t produce, the team will have a very hard time trying to compete.

While extra rest may help keep this a one time injury, it will be very important for him to get AB’s this September, and gain confidence before next spring.  

Another thing to note, is that he will be very rested, and the Giants will be sure that he is healthy before bringing him back.  

Considering the circumstances, the club will be quick to shut Angel Pagan down if anything starts to act up, regardless of what goes wrong.

They also would not be bringing him back if they were not extremely sure that he was healthy.  

Now, some people may wonder why the Giants wouldn’t let more young players have a shot in Angel Pagan’s spot.  While this is a a legitimate argument in some circumstances, it does not apply here for a few reasons.  

The first reason, and most importantly, the organization doesn’t have anyone waiting at Triple-A who is really excelling in the outfield this year.  

Gary Brown has not shown the ability to hit consistently, get on base, or steal bases efficiently, and certainly is not ready for anything but a late inning defensive replacement.  

Others, like Francisco Peguero and Juan Perez, will likely be competing for nothing more than a 4th OF in 2014.  The Giants would need someone who is a significant upgrade to Gregor Blanco, and neither really show the potential to be that.  

The other big reason is that the team really need Angel Pagan to come back strong next season, and playing this September might be exactly what he needs.  

And the franchise needs him to return to the 4-5 WAR player that they expected to get when they signed him to a 4 year contract last December.  

The fact is that the club has committed a lot of money to a lot of players in the last few years, and need to use those assets to compete.

Not only this, but with Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum no longer on the payroll after this season (unless the team pays $18 MIL for Zito instead of a $7 MIL Buyout), the Giants will have some money to fill the holes in the roster.  

Gregor Blanco has been playing a much bigger role in Pagan's absence.  While Blanco is a great defensive outfielder, he can't quite match the production that Angel Pagan is capable of.

Gregor Blanco has been playing a much bigger role in Pagan’s absence. While Blanco is a great defensive outfielder, he can’t quite match the production that Angel Pagan is capable of.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Giants  Correspondent’ Jon Schifferle for preparing today’s featured articleJon is a college student that grew up in Northern California and he has been a Giants fan for as long as he can remember.

Two of his greatest memories were going to Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, and Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.  he loves to watch prospects and the draft, and started his own blog called A Giant Perspective here.

Jon loves to write about all aspects of the game.   His dream is to eventually work in baseball in some capacity. Being a West Coast guy, he is able to watch all of the late games out there and have a vast knowledge of the AL and NL West especially.

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Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

 
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Posted on August 24, 2013, in MLB Payroll and Contracts, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, On the Verge: MLB Prospects, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Should Angel Pagan Come Back In 2013?.

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