According to what a two different team sources told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, don’t rule out an Angel Pagan return for the Mets in 2013.
But a second team insider now also has insisted the Mets likely will spend for one quality outfielder. The source said don’t even rule out a return of Angel Pagan to Flushing, although the person cautioned it’s waaaaaay to early to speculate on that. There’s no direction yet for how high the market will get for Pagan.
Of course Pagan is coming off a career year in which he posted a .288/.339/.440 slash in 605 at-bats with 8 home runs, 39 doubles, 15 triples, 95 runs scored and 29 stolen bases. The Giants are trying hard to bring him back and about a dozen other teams are also interested.
Rubin says the Mets are working with a very short list that also includes Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross, and that they do want to sign one quality outfielder.
Alderson has also changed his stance from when the season ended when he said any significant moves would come via trade and not free agency. Lately, there is a lot of buzz that the Mets will add a significant piece through free agency and it could be at the outfield position.
I would be shocked if the Mets were to sign Pagan, but then again, nothing shocks me these days with the Mets.