Your usual Jim Bowden caveats apply here — perhaps more than usual, in fact — but according to the former GM and current ESPN man, free agent outfielder Ángel Pagán is going to decide at some point in the next 48 hours which team he’s going to sign a contract with.
Specifically, on ESPN’s utterly pointless ESPN Now thing
Pagán’s agent Bowden lays this on us:
Ángel Pagán is expected to make a decision in the next 48 hours on where he is going to sign with Toronto, SF, Padres, Atlanta and Tigers all having expressed interest. Pagán WBC performance certainly helped his value.
APPARENTLY WE ARE TO BELIEVE HE HAS SUITORS!
Here’s the thing about this one: while Pagán may have helped his case by looking healthy and entirely fine at the WBC, what hasn’t helped his case is the fact that guys like Alejandro de Aza and (to a lesser extent) Ryan Raburn — both of whom I discussed in an earlier post — have entered the market as teams start to make their final cuts before Opening Day.
So, could this be an agent trying to create the impression of a market where there isn’t one? Uh… this tweet doesn’t exactly make me think that it isn’t:
Anyone spreading a rumor playing up the Giants' current interest in signing Angel Pagan is, shall we say, misinformed.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) March 27, 2017
So let’s not maybe get too excited about all this just yet.
On the other hand…
Went to the bathroom and saw Mark Shapiro on the phone. I'll do my best to get the #scoop ASAP.— Cam Lewis (@cooom) March 27, 2017
Do it!!! Or… y’know… just… do something!
Keegan Matheson notes that he’s hearing the Jays are keeping close tabs on the names of any starting pitchers who may become available over the course of the next week due to cuts or opt-outs, so maybe it was only that. Or maybe literally anything else.
Still, it seems like there’s a real chance that there could be a little twist still to come before the Jays’ Opening Day roster is complete. Maybe not a big twist, but a couple tasty little moves are really all that they need…