Mets trade Pagan to the Giants for Torres & Ramirez

The Mets have traded Angel Pagan to the Giants for OF Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez.

The deal was first reported by Steve Popper of the Bergen Record.

Torres, 34, has two more years of arbitration eligibility, after which he can become a free agent. He hit .221 with a .312 on-base percentage with 4 HR and 19 RBI in 348 at bats over 112 games with the Giants in 2011.

Ramirez, 29, is eligible for arbitration this season, after which he can become a free agent. He went 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 66 games for the Giants last year.

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Matthew Cerrone (Posted on Dec. 6, 2011, at 10:00 pm): This is interesting. It’s like the Mets and Giants swapped outfielders and are betting each player can return to their 2010 level of production.┬áPagan and Torres are very, very similar players. Torres is older, but has more pop and patience at the plate (which speaks to two qualities the Mets are looking for most these days). Pagan is probably a better contact hitter, but I could retire if I had a dime for every time I heard about Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins complaining about Pagan’s demeanor last season. Both players are injury prone, yet capable of stealing 20 bases, while playing good, solid outfield defense (though the Mets say Torres is slightly more reliable in the field).

Michael Baron (Posted on Dec. 6, 2011, at 10:09 pm): Ramirez had a very good season for the Giants in 2011. He held right handed hitters to a .203 average last year, and averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, while allowing only 80 baserunners in 68 innings last year. He also have up just three home runs all season. He’s a fastball/slider pitcher, but while he has good control, he’s had some trouble keeping his walk totals down. Even so, he provides an instant upgrade to the bullpen.