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08:17 AM ET 09.07 | There are the usual suspects in a case such as this, including Alex Gordon, Adrian Beltre, Hiroki Kuroda and Shane Victorino, but what about Angel Pagan? He's currently a vital cog on a first place team, and yet his performance has gone mostly overlooked. He's one of the better available pieces in the often disparaged class of 2013 free agents. ... He's a really good player on a winning team who has spent his entire career playing in front of large audiences, and yet, he's still off most people's radar. In terms of production in environments where that should garner you some recognition, there is perhaps no player in baseball more underrated than [Pagan].

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September 7, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Angel has all the skills, but hits a dead zone when he's running the bases, and fielding his position, he just not a smart ballplayer!

September 7, 2012  08:32 AM ET

He's dumb as a stump.....

September 7, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's dumb as a stump.....

That is offensive to all stumps, Sarge.

September 7, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That is offensive to all stumps, Sarge.

Wait until he starts pouting

September 7, 2012  08:54 AM ET

The biggest reason Pagan doesn't get must notice is the fact that he has been a platoon player most of his baseball career. One good year for the Giants doesn't make you hall of fame material, but does help with free agency approaching.

September 7, 2012  09:25 AM ET

He was horrible in NY with the Mets. I wonder what could be responsible for his drastic improvement? Hmmmm... he does play in the Bay Area....

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September 7, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Maybe he's matured.

Very possible.

September 7, 2012  10:26 AM ET

Pagan had a very good season (for what he is) in 2010. He dipped a little last year with injuries, but so far 2012 looks identical to his 2010 season. He is by no means a star, but he would be one of those players that puts an already good team over the top.

September 7, 2012  10:29 AM ET

He's really stepped up since they lost Cabrera

September 7, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Wait until he starts pouting

Thanks again, Sarge.

Pagan has been great for us this year. Hope he sticks around. I like his edge as well.

September 7, 2012  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Maybe he's matured.

Maybe he's turbo-charged with something from Melky's website.

September 7, 2012  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Angel has all the skills, but hits a dead zone when he's running the bases, and fielding his position, he just not a smart ballplayer!

Lou Pineilla once said he was the dumbest player he ever met

September 7, 2012  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Lou Pineilla once said he was the dumbest player he ever met

Then it must be true.

September 7, 2012  12:18 PM ET

This year hitting .284/.336 with 8 HR in 562 Plate appearances. Career UZR 150 is 3.4 or a smidgen above average--looks to be best in right field. This is pretty much what mediocrity looks like. I think he is getting precisely the amount of attention he deserves.

September 7, 2012  12:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He was horrible in NY with the Mets. I wonder what could be responsible for his drastic improvement? Hmmmm... he does play in the Bay Area....

But
Anybody
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Can be
Overlooked

September 7, 2012  01:03 PM ET

Christianity borrowed many of his traditions.

September 7, 2012  01:18 PM ET

The problem about calling anyone the most underrated player in baseball is that it can be said so many times, the player in question actually becomes overrated. Joe Rudi of the champion Oakland A's in the 1970s was called underrated so many times by the media that it should've been sewn on his uniform. He was a solid ballplayer but the accolade became tiresome.

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