Mets Send Pagan to Giants, Sign Ramirez, Rauch, Francisco, Times Reports

The New York Mets traded centerfielder Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Ramon Ramirez and added two free-agent pitchers from the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen, the New York Times said.

The Pagan trade, which also included Giants outfielder Andres Torres, is contingent on the players passing physicals, the Times reported, citing a person familiar with the deal.

Pagan, 30, who hit .262 with 68 runs scored, 56 runs batted in and seven home runs last season, was traded the day after Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters at the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas that he expected Pagan to be his leadoff hitter next season.

Pagan’s exit came a day after Jose Reyes agreed to join the Miami Marlins after nine seasons with the Mets. Reyes, 28, hit .337 last season to become the first Mets player to win the National League batting title.

Going into the free-agent market, the Mets also signed Blue Jays relievers Jon Rauch to a one-year agreement and Frank Francisco to a two-year contract, the Times said.

Rauch, 33, pitched 52 innings last season, finishing with 11 saves and a 4.85 earned run average. Francisco, 32, pitched 50 2/3 innings, with 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA.

Ramirez, 30, allowed 54 hits in 68 2/3 innings for the Giants with 66 strikeouts. Torres, 33, hit .221 with 19 steals in 112 games.

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