Atlanta Braves Showing Interest In San Francisco Giants’ Angel Pagan

By Bryan Rose

It wasn’t that long ago that the Giants had a smoking hot Melky Cabrera, a struggling Angel Pagan and a right field situation that was un-envious to just about every team in the league. At the time, rumors were popping up all over that the Giants had Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn atop their free agent wish list come season end.

October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) salutes to the crowd while riding in a car during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Fast forward a few months and Melky is null and void, Pagan became a crucial part of the Giants, Hunter Pence was acquired to man right field – and oh yeah – the Giants won the World Series.

How quickly things changed. Now, the Giants don’t appear to have much – if any – interest in Bourn, but the roles have reversed – now with the Atlanta Braves showing interest in the Giants’ center fielder.

Bourn may have priced himself out of Atlanta’s range, which as lead to their interest in the Giants’ Angel Pagan – this according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"The Braves are exploring other options via free agency – San Francisco’s Angel Pagan probably tops that short list"

O’Brien does also mention that the Braves are currently looking at potential trades to fill the void left by Bourn, if he does indeed leave via free agency, so it’s not as if Atlanta has their heart set on the Giants outfielder – but he does appear to be an option.

Outside of Bourn and Josh Hamilton, Pagan appears to be the best outfielder available in free agency and stands to cash in wherever he lands, be it back in San Francisco or elsewhere – but he probably wont sign until the market is set with Hamilton and Bourn before him. So, looks like we’ll have a few weeks of Pagan rumors to deal with.