San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan hits Detroit Tigers catcher Gerald Laird in the head on his follow through after striking out during the 10th inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In an ongoing series, we'll take a look at possible free-agent and trade targets for the Texas Rangers this winter.
Target: Angel Pagan, CF
Type of move: Free agency
2012 stats: Hit .288 with an on-base percentage of .338, eight home runs, 56 RBIs, 29 stolen bases, 38 doubles and led the NL with 15 triples. Had .987 fielding percentage with five errors in center field.
Pagan isn't a guy that's going to be a big splash of a move, and it's certainly not a sexy move that even bringing in an aging big name like Torii Hunter would be. But Pagan could be a valuable piece to the Rangers' lineup. He's a guy that could hit leadoff, get on base and be a weapon on the base paths to add to the likes of Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar. He has championship pedigree now after playing a key role in the Giants' run to their second title in three years in his first season in San Francisco.
The Rangers are currently in the market for a centerfielder, assuming they aren't going to move forward with a platoon of Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin, which just doesn't seem like a very good option for a club wanting to be aggressive this winter and get back to the mountaintop, or at least to the precipice of it.
There might be bigger names out there, but Pagan could give the Rangers an affordable option that could start ahead of guys like Gentry and Martin and possibly make that right field line in Rangers Ballpark, that can sometimes be a circus for opposing right fielders, play into his favor and his triples speed.