Cubs Get Two Prospects From Mets for Pagan

Pagan was traded to the Mets Saturday

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today traded outfielder Angel Pagan to the New York Mets for minor league right-handed pitcher Ryan Meyers and outfielder Corey Coles.

Meyers, 22, combined to go 1-4 with 13 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 41 relief appearances between New York's Single-A Savannah and Port St. Lucie affiliates in 2007. The six-foot-five, 204-pound Meyers struck out 55 batters and walked only 16 in 51.2 innings while limiting opponents to a .229 batting average.

The righthander spent most of the season as the closer with Savannah, where he recorded all 13 saves with a 2.14 ERA and .185 batting average against. Meyers is 6-19 with 15 saves and a 4.36 ERA (115 ER/237.1) in 104 minor league appearances (26 starts). He was selected by the Mets in the 17th round of the 2003 Draft.

Coles, 25, combined to bat .286 with 14 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI during three stops in the Mets minor league system last year, including his first tastes of Double-A and Triple-A. The left-handed batter and thrower spent most of the 2007 season with Double-A Binghamton and batted .296 with a .352 on-base percentage in 66 contests. Coles also played 23 games with Port St. Lucie and nine games with Triple-A New Orleans last year.

Coles earned 2006 Florida State League All-Star honors when he batted .341 in 124 games with Port St. Lucie, the 11th-highest batting average in all of minor league baseball, and a .407 on-base percentage, second best in the league. A career .306 hitter in (452-for-1479) in 397 minor league games, the six-foot-two, 181-pound Coles was originally selected by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2003 Draft.

Pagan, whom the Cubs originally acquired from the Mets for a cash consideration on January 25, 2006, batted .255 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 148 career games with the Cubs in 2006 and 2007. He began the 2007 season with Triple-A Iowa before his recall to Chicago on May 10. He batted .264 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 71 games before landing on the disabled list on August 8 with colitis, ending his season.

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