Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles before an issue with the physical scuttled the deal, sources tell FanRag Sports.
It isn’t known when the physical took place or what issue came up, but Pagan is obviously well enough to play the outfield for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC.
The Braves, who seek outfield depth, are among many other teams to remain interested in Pagan. The Pirates are another interested team, but he could fit many teams, including the Blue Jays. Pittsburgh is obviously set as far as starters in the outfield, so playing time could be an issue there.
Asked about the physical that ended that opportunity, Pagan’s agent Greg Genske didn’t say what happened with Baltimore.
“Angel is an amazing athlete who is in top physical condition. He had a full and very productive season last year for the Giants and is ready to make an impact this season for a new club,” Genske said.
The Orioles have a long history of being tougher on physicals than any other team; a deal with Grant Balfour fell through after a physical, and Yovani Gallardo’s three-year deal two winters ago was negotiated down to a two-year guarantee after an issue came up. Pagan had a knee issue in 2015 and a hamstring injury caused him to miss time last season with the Giants.
The Orioles’ agreement with Pagan is believed to have been for a major-league deal, not just a non-roster invite, and Genske said there have been other teams offering MLB deals. The Braves are believed to be one of the teams offering an MLB deal. Pagan has been said to be seeking close to $5 million, but it isn’t known what the other offers have been for.