Pagan, Torres, and Ramirez before the trade.

Reviewing the Angel Pagan Trade

On December 7th, 2011 the New York Mets traded centerfielder, Angel Pagan, to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Ramon Ramirez. Now, after eighty games into the 2012 season, Met fans would like a trade back. The combination of Torres and Ramirez has not been better than what Pagan has done in San Francisco. Both Ramirez and Torres have seen time on the disabled list, while Pagan has been healthy all year for the Giants.  Torres going to the disabled list has been the most beneficial part of the trade so far, because it gave Kirk Nieuwenhuis an opportunity to play in the big leagues.

Angel has out produced Torres in every major hitting category this season. Pagan has played seventy-five games, batting .292, while driving in thirty-one runs, hitting five home runs, and stealing fifteen bases.  Torres has played for the Mets for fifty-seven games, hitting .205 with fifteen RBIs, one home run, and nine stolen bags.

Ramirez hasn’t made the deal worthwhile either. In the twenty-five games he’s appeared in he’s given up thirty-two hits in twenty-nine and a third innings, while posting a 4.30 ERA.

Maybe this move was made to cut salary. But did it? Pagan is earning 4.85 million in 2012. Torres will receive 2.7 million and Ramirez will get 2.65, coming to a grand total of 5.35 million. This can’t even be considered a cutting salary move.


Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson lost on this trade. Pagan has been a much more efficient hitter then Torres, and Ramirez isn’t producing in a bullpen that is considered the worst in the Majors. With the deadline looming, Alderson must do a better job trading key assets to improve this Mets team.

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  • thwacker

    Eric, I’m an average fan and even I know the story behind this trade.  Pagan complained constantly about how he was used and Collins wanted him OUT.  There is more to sports than the statistics, team chemistry is important too.  It was a necessary move. 

  • ekleinstein

     @thwacker Fair point. Never said Pagan shouldn’t of been traded. Just making the point Alderson didn’t get enough for what he gave up.

  • MikeLecolant

    Actually, I wasn’t even aware he wasn’t that well liked in the clubhouse until very recently.  I always liked Angel Pagan since he was a Brooklyn Cyclone.  I would have liked to keep him, but we needed the relief help we thought we were getting in acquiring Ramirez.  And the trade combo seemed like a fit,  although, I was never a fan of Torres.  Pagan did kind of play his way out of town last season. And yes, he did rub Coach Terry the wrong way.  I’m not sure we could have done better in a trade though.