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San Francisco Giants: Nationals Interested in Angel Pagan

Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Angel Pagan (16) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Angel Pagan (16) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning during game one of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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Former San Francisco Giants left fielder Angel Pagan is drawing interest from the Washington Nationals. Could Pagan be body slamming fans in left field for the Nat’s this year? 

A productive year for Angel Pagan put him in a nice position for new contract, or so we thought. The former San Francisco Giants left fielder had a career high in home runs (12) to go along with a line of .277/.331/.418. Today is February 27th, spring training started about two weeks ago, and still no sign of any Angel Pagan news. That is, until today.

The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in Pagan, according to reports from Ken Rosenthal in his latest column (scroll down to the bottom, the headline is not the only thing in there). Pagan would likely back up Jayson Werth in left field if he were to sign with the club. Pagan is an intriguing option for the Nats, because of the question marks that surround left field.

Adam Eaton and Bryce Harper have both center and right field locked down, but adding Pagan as a backup to an aging, and rather injury-prone left fielder might be a smart move. Pagan would bring versatility to the Nat’s because of his speed, switch hitting and base stealing abilities.

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As it becomes less likely Pagan will find a starting job somewhere, he fits the bill for that perfect fourth outfielder. His ability to switch hit and use all parts of the field allows for flexibility late in games, not to mention a little bit of power as well.

Another team that could be an intriguing option for Pagan is the Cleveland Indians. The Indians have an outfield that consists of Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin, an outfield trio that is not the flashiest on paper. Pagan could end up starting in a place like Cleveland, or take on that Rajai Davis roll.

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Its been a rather quiet off-season for Angel Pagan, drawing interest from just a few teams including the Nat’s and the Orioles. Hopefully Pagan signs soon, and somewhere where his antics will be appreciated. Giants fans will never forget the salutes, inside the park home run and the infamous Pagan body slam.

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