KANSAS CITY — The Giants were never planning a reunion with Angel Pagan. It turns out they won’t be facing him this season, either.
According to a report from the Puerto Rican website El Vocero, Pagan will take the year off to spend time with his family. The 35-year-old has two daughters who grew up in part during his five years in San Francisco and a third born during the 2015 offseason.
Per El Vocero, Pagan said the decision was made as a family. “I’ve been away from my house for a long time,” he said, adding that he wants to take advantage of time that can’t be recovered. Pagan said he is not necessarily retiring.
The outfielder played five seasons for the Giants, hitting .281 with 31 homers and 81 stolen bases in 583 games. He often dealt with injuries, but put a long season together in 2016, batting .277 with 12 homers in 543 plate appearances. His run ended with an injury in the NLDS.
The Giants and Pagan were not always on the same page, and the team quickly moved on in the offseason, committing to a Jarrett Parker-Mac Williamson plan that has been decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness.
Pagan played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and looked healthy and like his old self. He reportedly had interest from several teams — including the Braves, Orioles and Blue Jays — but he was seeking a guaranteed major league deal with a set salary in mind. Ultimately, Pagan chose a year at home over a flyer with an MLB team.
Last week, Windy Pagan posted a photo on Instagram of the couple posing with their oldest daughter at a resort. “In love with our first daughter!” she wrote. “She is almost my (height).”