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Reminiscing on the time the Cubs traded Angel Pagan

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Reminiscing on the time the Cubs traded Angel Pagan

As the Cubs almost pulled off a shocking trade Friday night, it got me thinking about another trade the organization probably wishes to have back.

Angel Pagan's name has been everywhere the past few weeks -- even in Taco Bell -- as the starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter for the World Champion Giants.

Cubs fans remember him when he was just a kid making his MLB debut in the 2006 season. He played 77 games that year for the Cubs and appeared in 71 the following season, getting time at all three outfield spots.

He only totaled 348 plate appearances in those two years, and the Cubs wound up trading Pagan to the Mets, the organization that drafted him in 1999.

Dealing a young outfielder with a career .716 minor-league OPS isn't exactly groundbreaking. But the Cubs did not come out on top in this one particular deal.

In January 2008, the Cubs sent Pagan to the Mets for outfielder Corey Coles and right-hander Ryan Meyers. Both guys spent just a year in the Cubs' minor-league system and then that was that. They were out of baseball after the 2008 season.

Pagan, meanwhile, has turned into a pretty good major-leaguer, having racked up a .281.334.415 line with 98 steals and 243 runs over the past three seasons, two of which were in New York before he was dealt to San Francisco prior to the start of 2012.

It's no Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio by any means, but it's still interesting to look back at. Good for Pagan for getting a ring, though.

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