Now that the 2011 season is over, we have taken a look at the overall breakdowns of the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen last season. Now we will be taking a look at every player on the roster from A (Manny Acosta) to Y (Chris Young) and giving you a look at their 2011 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2012. Today we will look at outfielder Angel Pagan.
2011 Stats: 123 Games, .262 Batting Average, 125 Hits, 62 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 56 RBI's, .322 On Base Percentage, 32 Stolen Bases
2011 Story: Angel Pagan was embroiled in controversy throughout the 2011 season, and that controversy began all the way back in spring training when he was given the center field job even though Carlos Beltran was healthy again. Mets fans didn't dispute the move at the time, but Pagan's performance in 2011 left a lot to be desired. Pagan started the year off in a terrible slump before hitting the disabled list in April with an oblique injury. Pagan improved once he returned, but the dark cloud over Pagan's season just never seemed to go away. Whether it was miserable plays in the outfield, dumb base running mistakes, and rumors of a bad attitude in the club house, Pagan quickly disappeared into the abyss of the Mets' lost 2011 season. Pagan actually was the worst defensive center fielder in baseball, committing 10 errors and having the lowest fielding percentage of any center fielder in the majors (.968). He ended up missing the last few games of the year after he whacked himself in the head on a back swing and suffered a head injury as a result. (For those of you who didn't watch the end of the season, that actually happened).
Contract Status: Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 50 Percent
2012 Role: Starting Center Fielder/4th Outfielder
Angel Pagan's awful 2011 campaign has made his future with the team very cloudy. Pagan, as we discussed in July, did very little to distinguish himself as a premiere center fielder and reports began to surface about how he was becoming a malcontent in the clubhouse. Reports have also surfaced at the beginning of the offseason that the Mets may be looking for a center fielder in free agency. Pagan is eligible for arbitration and would likely command a five million dollar salary. General Manager Sandy Alderson has to decide by December 12th whether or not it makes financial sense to tender Pagan a new contract for arbitration or to let him go as an unrestricted free agent and see if they can find an upgrade in center.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's player review of reliever Bobby Parnell!
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