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.
Two teams have made four-year offers to Pagan, sources say. Those teams are believed to be the Phillies and Pagan's previous club, the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Pagan, 31, enjoyed a terrific all-around season for the Giants, and was particularly effective after moving to the leadoff spot in early August. The Phillies need a leadoff man, and Pagan offers additional appeal as a switch-hitter.
Free agent Michael Bourn, who turns 30 on Dec. 27, is a more established and perhaps even more dynamic leadoff man than Pagan, as well as an elite defender.
The Phillies, however, may be concerned by the perception within the industry that Bourn wants more than Upton, who signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Braves.
The Phillies offered Upton five years and $55 million, s...