The Texas Rangers could be looking to add another outfielder before the 2017 season begins. Could veteran outfielder Angel Pagan be a fit with Texas?
This off-season has been busy for the Texas Rangers and they might not be done making moves. The team could add outfielder Angel Pagan as a fourth outfielder to play off the bench. The 35-year-old outfielder most recently played with the San Francisco Giants in 2016.
Last season Pagan hit .277/.331/.418 with a career high 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 129 games. A strong season for Pagan who added 15 steals to this stat sheet and was a quality player for the Giants in 2016.
Pagan is a switch-hitter with good plate discipline. In 2016 Pagan walked 42 times with just 68 strikeouts in over 500 plate appearances. Throughout his Major League career Pagan has been able to put good at-bats together from both sides of the plate.
The Rangers already have three starting outfielders heading into 2017. Nomar Mazara, Carlos Gomez, and Shin-Soo Choo. With Delino DeShields as the possible fourth outfielder. Adding an 11 year veteran such as Pagan could bring some leadership to the outfield.
Pagan was a World Series champion with the Giants in 2012. Mazara lacks Major League experience, Gomez finished the 2016 season strong, but struggled during most of the year. Choo can’t seem to stay healthy anymore. DeShields is not a proven MLB everyday player. The Rangers need an experienced outfielder that can consistently perform.
Likely Pagan won’t be an everyday outfielder with the Rangers, but could be a perfect fit as depth. Giving the Rangers an experienced outfielder they can rely on if any issues happen during the season. Pagan is a player that knows how to win and would be a good fit with the Rangers.