Shortly after inking Jon Rauch to a one-year deal, the Mets have traded Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for center fielder Andres Torres and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez, pending physicals. This is the second time the Mets have traded away Pagan, having previously done so before he made it to the big leagues with the Cubs.
As for the players coming back in this deal, Torres had an awful year at the plate in 2011 - more so than Pagan - but put together an .835 OPS over 740 plate appearances between 2009 and 2010. That's not bad considering the pitcher-friendliness of AT&T Park. On the downside, he'll turn 32 in January.
Ramirez is a right-handed reliever who has strung together four straight sub-3.00 ERA seasons, two of which were supported by his peripherals. He'll turn 31 during the 2012 season.
The early reaction here is that's it's not a slam dunk for either team. Sandy Alderson never spoke too highly of Pagan since taking over as general manager, and in Torres he'll get a defensively gifted center fielder who might be able to bounce back at the plate along with another piece of his new bullpen.