Pagan Impresses Baker
Pagan hit .271 with Mets' Triple-A club in '05
Pagan hit .271 with Mets' Triple-A club in '05
Posted Mar 11, 2006

There are a few weeks left in camp, so it might be too early to think about who will grab one of the last position spots on the 25-man roster.

But outfielder Angel Pagan, who was hitting .461 with three doubles in his first 13 Cactus League at-bats, is making a strong bid.

Pagan spent six seasons in the New York Mets organization until the Cubs purchased his contract on Jan. 25 and placed him on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old outfielder's speed (196 stolen bases in 586 games) intrigued the Cubs, and they signed him.

It appears that the last position player could go down to a battle between Pagan and veteran non-roster invitee Marquis Grissom, but manager Dusty Baker said that's not necessarily the case.

"Maybe there is room for both of them," Baker said. "Angel can run, throw and play all of the outfield positions."

Infielder Ryan Theriot, who played nine games with the parent club last year, is also hoping to snare the final roster spot as well. The Cubs like his defense, and his offense took a huge leap when he hit .304 at Double-A West Tenn last year.

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