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Angel Pagán

New York Mets — No. 16
Born: July 2, 1981 (1981-07-02) (age 28)
Bats: Switch Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 3, 2006 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .281
Home runs     15
Runs batted in     84
Pagán playing for the Chicago Cubs on June 21, 2007.

Angel Pagán (born July 2, 1981 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico) is currently an outfielder in Major League Baseball who plays for the New York Mets. Pagan's original contract in Major League Baseball was with the Mets, but he was transferred to the Chicago Cubs when they bought his contract. Pagan was subsequently traded back to the Mets prior to the 2008 season.

Professional career

On January 25, 2006, the Cubs purchased Pagán's contract from the Mets. Pagán made his major league debut with the Cubs on April 3, 2006, but was injured early in the season and missed two and a half months. On July 2, 2006, his 25th birthday, Pagán hit his first and second career home runs in a game against the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox. Pagán is the first person in Major League history to hit his first two career home runs on his birthday.

Pagán returned in May 2007, being recalled in place of Matt Murton, who had struggled somewhat and was not getting regular at-bats. Pagán then became a regular outfielder and enjoyed modest success until his season was cut short due to a bout with colitis.

Pagan had lost a considerable amount of weight and strength due to illness. Chicago general manager Jim Hendry was afraid Pagan would not be ready to start the 2008 season on time, thus prompting the trade to New York.

On January 5, 2008, Pagán returned to the Mets in a trade for two minor-league players. He began the year as the starting left fielder for the Mets because Moisés Alou was injured and on the disabled list.[1] When Alou returned from the DL in May, he took over the starting job in left field from Pagán.

On May 7, 2008, Pagán made a spectacular catch in foul territory, falling into the stands, in Los Angeles against the Dodgers while playing left field. Although he originally stayed in the game, Pagán was later removed with left shoulder pain. The injury eventually caused Pagán to be placed on the disabled list. Pagán was undergoing rehabilitation in the GCL and was expected to be on the active roster after the All-Star break. However, he left a rehab start with the Brooklyn Cyclones feeling pain when batting from the right side. Pagán had season-ending surgery on his shoulder on July 29, 2008.[2]

A year later, on May 7, 2009, Pagán was arrested in Port St. Lucie for traffic violations. It was reported that Pagan, who was driving with a suspended license, was originally stopped for speeding, but after a license check, troopers learned Pagan has several warrants out for his arrest for failure to pay traffic fines.[3]

On June 1, 2009, Angel was placed on the 15-Day DL with a right groin strain. The next day, the Mets activated 2B Alex Cora to fill Pagan's spot on the roster. On August 1, 2009 Pagan hit a grand slam for his first home run since mid 2007 and first for the New York Mets, leading to the win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. On August 23, 2009, he hit 2 home runs (one of which was inside the park) against Pedro Martinez and the Philadelphia Phillies.

On October 4, 2009, Ángel went four for four against the Houston Astros, falling just a homer shy of a cycle. Today he is a back up outfielder for Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, and Jeff Francouer


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