MLB Rumor Central: Angel Pagan drawing interest from Blue Jays, Phillies?

Philadelphia and Toronto are reportedly considering the veteran outfielder after his deal with Baltimore fell through earlier this month. Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports

The MLB regular season is just over a week away and free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan has yet to sign a new contract.

Rumor CentralHowever, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies are both interested in the 35-year-old veteran's services.

According to Heyman, Pagan had a deal in place with the Baltimore Orioles earlier this month before it fell through because of issues with a physical. Since then, Pagan slashed .286/.371/.969 across 35 at-bats while playing for runner-up Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

Pagan played the vast majority of his games in left field last season for the San Francisco Giants, and the Blue Jays have question marks at the position heading into 2017. Steve Pearce is their top option in left, but he has yet to take the field this spring. Other left fielders on the roster include Melvin Upton Jr. and Ezequiel Carrera.

The Phillies would seem to be a less likely fit for Pagan as their three outfield spots are occupied by Odubel Herrera, Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders. Beyond those starters, Philadelphia also has other options such as Aaron Altherr and Tyler Goeddel.

Pagan, a switch-hitter, compiled a slash line of .277/.331/.418 with a career-high 12 home runs last season for the Giants. He has performed better against right-handed pitching during the past few seasons and is reportedly seeking a deal in the $5 million range.

The Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates have also been linked to Pagan, per Heyman.

-- Nick Ostiller