Monday, December 3, 2012

Pagan signing means more pressure on Amaro and Phillies

PBR - You can now cross Angel Pagan's name off of the list of possible center field options for the Phillies.

The San Francisco Giants re-signed the 31-year-old to a reported four-year deal worth $40 million on Monday afternoon. The Phillies were interested in signing Pagan but not willing to extend an offer of more than three years, according to a source.

With Pagan and B.J. Upton off the market the remaining prime targets on the center field free agent market are Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino.

Hamilton is the enticing option of the three but his asking price is near $25 million a year and he comes with some significant risk. Victorino has already been contacted by at least seven clubs with three-year offers and that's probably longer than what the Phillies want to offer a 32-year-old on the decline. That leaves Bourn but he's a left-handed hitter and isn't a power threat, making him the least likely of the three; plus he is looking for something similar to Upton's five-year $75.25 million deal.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. may also look outside the box and try to fix the center field position via trade. Sources suggested Monday the club could be eyeing Peter Bourjos and Dexter Fowler as possible targets.

- Patrick Gordon is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com or @Philabaseball on Twitter.  


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