Last week, Heyman said the Mets were planning to tender Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline; also Anthony DiComo of MLB.com said yesterday that Scott Boras, the agent for Pelfrey, expects the Mets to tender his client a contract this winter as well.
“Despite organizational dissatisfaction with Pagan, insiders suggest the Mets have concluded they probably will not be able to find another center fielder who can produce at a capable level for a lesser cost,” Adam Rubin said in a post to ESPN New York, which also features detailed quotes from Alderson on Pagan from today’s GM Meetings in Milwaukee.
Also, from what I can gather, what Rubin is alluding to (when he talks of the team’s dissatisfaction with Pagan) is a lack of concentration, which is surprising for me to hear. But, more than one person close to the team has told me of how Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson were both frustrated with Angel on a few occasions last year, specifically when he missed time due to ‘dehydration.’ Contractually, Angel will likely earn $5 million in arbitration next year, before being eligible for free agency. And so, I suspect the Mets feel he can be traded for, say, a bullpen arm, then they can sign a stop-gap center fielder for less than he would have earned.