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Giants Spring Training 2012: The Early Scoop On Angel Pagan

The San Francisco Giants certainly have no shortage of storylines to keep track of during their 2012 Spring Training in Arizona. The team is currently involved in contract talks with Matt Cain, pitchers Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson are battling injuries and there are still large question marks hanging above the returning Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez.

In addition to all of that, there are a few new faces on the roster this year. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury relays some info about one of the newest Giants, center fielder Angel Pagan, who came to the team in a trade with the New York Mets in exchange for fan favorite Andres Torres.

Bochy surprised reporters when discussing his new center fielder, saying he thought Angel Pagan was "probably a hair faster" than former center fielder and noted speedster Andres Torres. I'll believe it when I see it...

"It's very exciting, the burst of speed he has," Bochy said. "We're looking at him to be a catalyst."

Pagan does seem to have at least one other thing in common with Torres: He's usually smiling and looks to be a good addition to the clubhouse.

While I was sad to see Torres go, I've been a fan of Pagan for a while now and am eager to see how well he meshes with the rest of the team. Hopefully his performance on the field will bring smiles to some Giants fans this year.

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