The San Francisco Giants took a huge step in solidifying their 2013 team by signing center field free agent Angel Pagan to a four year $40 million deal. Pagan was a team leader and an effective lead-off hitter in the Giants' drive to win the 2012 World Series.
No doubt General Manager Brian Sabean paid for at least one more year than he wanted to with Pagan, who will be 32 this July. San Francisco had other options to fill the center field/lead-off spot but former Atlanta Brave Michael Bourne and ex-Dodger/Philly Shane Victorino will certainly cost more for the same number of years.
And while San Francisco has the budget to fully compete with the MLB's top 2%, they have yet to sign second baseman Marco Scutaro, left field is a problem looking for a solution, and a number of relief pitchers are looking at salary upgrades.
Michael Bourne, in particular, is a high end lead-off hitter who brings excellent range and an outfield glove considered among the best in the game. ...