Mets, Giants Swap Arbitration-Eligible Veterans




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The Deal
To tender a contract for 2012 or not? The Mets and Giants no longer face that question regarding a trio of arbitration-eligible veterans after the two parties consummated a trade at the Winter Meetings. New York sent center fielder Angel Pagan, who sulked through his worst season as a regular in 2011, to San Francisco for their center fielder Andres Torres and righty reliever Ramon Ramirez, both members of the 2010 World Series champions. In terms of 2011 salaries, Pagan ($3.5 million) earned almost as much as Torres and Ramirez combined ($3.85 million), though all three players are in line for arbitration raises.

Pagan and Torres have followed remarkably similar trajectories through pro ball. Both switch-hitting center fielders attended high school in Puerto Rico before being signed out of Florida junior colleges, Pagan by the Mets in 2000 as a draft-and-follow after a year at Indian River CC and Torres by the Tigers in 1998 after two years in the Miami-Dade CC system. Neither player produced much in the big leagues prior to carving out backup roles in 2009—Pagan had totaled a .721 OPS (83 OPS+) in 453 plate appearances through 2008; Torres managed a .534 OPS (46 OPS+) in 285 PAs. Both Pagan and Torres have produced more as lefthanded batters in the past two seasons, while providing quality work in center field and on the basepaths.

Ramirez has pitched much more effectively versus righthanders in his career, holding them in check with a .595 OPS (879 PAs), compared with a .734 OPS versus lefties (646 PAs), though he's been much more even-handed in each of the past two seasons. He has three viable weapons in a low-90s sinker, firm mid-80s changeup and a high-80s cutter/slider that he's deployed more often in recent years to attack lefties.
 
Giants Acquire
Angel Pagan, cf
Age: 30. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2012, then qualifies for free agency following season ($3.5 million salary in 2011).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
New York (NL) 2011 .262 123 478 68 125 24 4 7 56 44 62 32 .322 .372
3-Year Totals .284 362 1400 202 398 77 22 24 157 113 215 83 .336 .422
 
Mets Acquire
Andres Torres, cf
Age: 33. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2012-13 seasons ($2.2 million salary in 2011).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
San Francisco (NL) 2011 .221 112 348 50 77 24 1 4 19 42 95 19 .312 .330
3-Year Totals .252 326 1007 164 254 73 17 26 105 114 268 51 .332 .436
 
Ramon Ramirez, rhp
Age: 30. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2012, then qualifies for free agency following season ($1.65 million salary in 2011).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
San Francisco (NL) 2011 3 3 2.62 66 0 4 68.2 54 24 20 3 26 66 1.17
3-Year Totals 11 10 2.82 205 0 7 207.2 167 74 65 17 85 164 1.21

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