The Phillies are believed to be one of two teams to have offered free agent centerfielder Angel Pagan a four-year deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
After losing out on B.J. Upton to the Braves and seeing the Nationals trade for Denard Span, the Phillies' centerfield options turned from plentiful to limited. The team doesn't seem keen on offering Michael Bourn, a Scott Boras client, the type of money he is seeking.
Pagan, 31, is coming off a career year and World Series title with the Giants. He hit .288/.338/.440 with 38 doubles, a league-leading 15 triples, eight homers, 56 RBI and 29 steals for San Francisco in 2012.
A switch-hitter, Pagan is much better from the left side (.291 BA, .777 OPS) than the right side (.259, .710). He is a relatively disciplined hitter and provides league-average defense in center field. He struggled early last season running routes at spacious AT&T Park.
According to Rosenthal, the Phillies' four-year offer to Pagan is believed to be for a lower annual average value than their five-year, $55 million offer to B.J. Upton. That could mean a deal worth $36-40 million, a proper valuation of Pagan's talents.
Outside of Pagan, the list of remaining free agent centerfielders includes Bourn, Shane Victorino and Josh Hamilton (who probably can't stick in centerfield long-term). Dexter Fowler and Peter Bourjos are trade possibilities, though the Rockies' asking price for Fowler is absurd and the Angels plan to start Bourjos everyday next season.