Free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan, who was an important member of two San Francisco Giants World Series teams, told the Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero that he has decided not to sign with a team for the 2017 season, but he has not closed the door for a possible return in 2018.
In the interview, published Wednesday, Pagan said he's taking the season off to spend more time with his family. But he's not retiring, at least not yet.
"I am now dedicating myself to focusing more on my family," the 35-year-old Pagan said. "Devoting the time that my family deserves. I've spent a lot of time away from home."
Pagan had sported the Orange and Black since 2012 and became a free agent at the end of last season. There was some pressure from back home to seriously consider his next steps, Pagan said. He revealed it was a group decision.
"At the end of the day, the decision to take a year off wasn't mine. It was all of my family's joint decision," he said. "Because I could just be the man of the house, but we are all a family and we decide, as a family, what suits us most."
Pagan's MLB future has been up in the air since he hit the free agent market, the Giants declined to bring him back after the club's first-round playoff departure against the eventual champion Chicago Cubs. He was reportedly offered minor league deals by the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. Pagan told El Vocero that those weren't the types of deals he was looking for.
"There were a lot of teams interested in me, but none of the offers I had on the table were attractive enough to pull me away from home," he said.
Pagan has made up his mind for the 2017 season with "100 percent" certainty, but he's leaving the door open for a possible big-league return in 2018.
"I'm not saying that I'm officially retiring because, who knows, next year I might return and play again," Pagan said. "But for now I'm 100 percent certain I'm going to spend more time with my family. I want to repay them for the personal time that we have lost, because you can't get the time back. Thank God I have made enough money and my family's future is taken care of."
In a major-league career that has spanned 1124 career games, Pagan has collected 1143 hits and has a lifetime average of .280.