3. OF Angel Pagan
Opening Day Age: 35
Stats: .277/.331/.418, 12 homers, 15 steals, 543 plate appearances
Skinny: As I wrote earlier this week, Pagan fits perfectly for the Orioles given what is expected to be an offseason of financial restraint for them in free agency. He turns 36 in July, and can’t command anything close to the four-year, $40 million deal he received from the San Francisco Giants before the 2013 season.
Pagan’s not particularly durable, playing more than 130 games just once since his excellent 2012 campaign. But, if healthy, he can do everything the Orioles need in a starting outfielder: The switch-hitter gets on base (a career .330 OBP), steals bases (15 for 19 in 2016), plays solid defense (mainly left these days, but could play right), and can lead off.
Bottom line: If the Orioles can get him on a one-year deal or a one-year deal with a 2018 option, they should do it. He’s not a game-changer, but he is the kind of player they don’t have.