In a post to Twitter, Jon Heyman of SI.com said that the Mets plan to tender Angel Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline. If he is non-tendered, Pagan will become a free agent, opening up a spot in centerfield.
It’s no secret that the Mets have soured on Angel Pagan, but with nobody in the organization ready to step in and take over center field, the Mets are kind of stuck.
Then there’s the strong possibility that Adam Rubin hit the nail on the head when he said this could just be the Mets posturing for some extra leverage as they look to trade Pagan this offseason. One team that could have used him was the San Francisco Giants, but they already traded for Melky Cabrera earlier today.
Pagan is now 30, and is coming off a season that saw him hit .262 with a .322 OBP, seven home runs and 32 stolen bases in 123 games played. He earned $3.5 million this past season, so his salary could be $4.5 to $5 million in 2012 if he returns.
Jon Heyman also reported that the Mets are most likely to poor to bring back starting pitcher Chris Capuano whose desire for a two-year deal may be too rich for the Mets taste as they try to keep it under $100 million this offseason.
* Alderson confirmed that payroll for 2012 will be between $100-$110 million, but it was later learned that that figure included the payroll for next June’s draft class and bonuses. Realistically, the Mets will come in at around $95 million to begin the new season.
Well aware that Capuano would be seeking a multi-year deal, Alderson has already shelved any negotiations him and with other Mets free agents until late in the offseason.
My guess is that Capuano will end up getting a 2-year/$14 million dollar deal from someone this Winter. The left-hander was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 33 appearances for the Mets last season, but more importantly he avoided the DL and got stronger as the season wore on, saving his best starts for the last few weeks of the season.
The only two year deal the Mets doled out on a free agent last offseason went to reliever D.J. Carrasco, and that turned out to be mistake. Don’t expect any multi-year deals this offseason as the payroll crunch will be even tighter than last year with almost $50 million dollars slashed and one third less resources to work with.