The Philadelphia Phillies, after losing the B.J. Upton sweepstakes to the Atlanta Braves, are pushing for another free-agent center fielder, according to major league sources. Angel Pagan.
Two teams have extended Pagan four-year offers, according to Rosenthal. Philadelphia is believed to be one of those clubs, along with Pagan’s former team the San Francisco Giants.
The Phillies offered Upton five years and $55 million, according to sources, and they would pay Pagan less on a four-year deal. Going this route rather than signing the more expensive Michael Bourn would allow the club to use the salary saved to address other areas of need.
Pagan is drawing significant interest this offseason after turning in an impressive 2012 campaign with the Giants. The 31-year-old hit .288/.338/.440 with 38 doubles, 15 triples, eight home runs and 29 stolen bases in 36 attempts last year.