Giants acquire outfielder Angel Pagan and player to be named later or cash from Mets in exchange for RHP Ramon Ramirez and OF Andres Torres
DALLAS, TX – The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Angel Pagan and a player to be named later or cash from the New York Mets in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
Pagan, 30, hit .262 (125-for-478) with 24 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 56 RBI while going 32-for-39 in stolen base attempts in his fourth campaign with the Mets and his sixth overall in the big leagues last season. The Puerto Rico native finished with a career best-tying 44 walks and played in 123 games, the second most of his career. He also finished with the second most runs (68), doubles, home runs, RBI, at-bats and stolen bases of his career.
The speedy outfielder has gone 69-for-86 in stolen base attempts in his last two seasons, with his 69 steals tying for the ninth-most among all Major League players during that span. He had his best offensive season in 2010, batting .290 (168-for-579) with a career-high 11 home runs, 69 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 151 games.
Pagan played all of his games last season in center field (121 games; 313 career), but has also played the corner outfield spots as well, logging 109 career games in left and 90 in right.
Selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the June 1999 draft, Pagan owns a .279 career batting average (504-for-1,809) with 33 home runs, 209 RBI and 95 stolen bases in 541 games with Chicago-NL (2006-07) and New York-NL (2008-11).
Ramirez went 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 66 relief appearances in his first full season with San Francisco in 2011 (second overall). The 30-year-old right-hander averaged 8.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, fanning 66 batters in 68.2 frames. He posted a 1.76 ERA on the road, which ranked as the fifth-lowest road figure among NL relievers (minimum of 30 innings).
Ramirez posted a 4-3 record and a 2.07 ERA (22er, 95.2ip) in just two seasons with the Giants. Overall, the Dominican Republic native has gone 20-17 with a 3.16 ERA (128er, 364.1ip) in six Major League seasons with Colorado (2006-07), Kansas City (2008), Boston (2009-10) and San Francisco (2010-11).
Torres struggled in 2011, batting just .221 (77-for-348) with 24 doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI. He twice landed on the disabled list with leg injuries and was limited to just 112 games in his third season with the Giants.
The 33-year-old had a breakout 2010 campaign, setting career-highs in nearly every offensive category while establishing himself as one of the National League’s top outfielders defensively. During his three seasons with San Francisco, the 2010 Willie Mac Award winner hit .252 (254-for-1,007) with 73 doubles, 17 triples, 26 home runs and 105 RBI while going 51-for-65 in stolen base attempts.
Overall, Torres is a lifetime .244 hitter (308-for-1,264) in seven big league seasons with Detroit (2002-04), Texas (2005) and San Francisco (2009-11).