The Cubs today sent outfielder Angel Pagan back to the organization they got him from, the Mets.
In exchange the Cubs receive two minor leaguers -- 22-year-old RHP Ryan Meyers, who didn't do much in the Mets system till last year, when he was very good as a closer for Savannah in the Low-A South Atlantic League, and left-handed hitting outfielder Corey Coles, who hasn't done much in five years in the minors, all in the Mets organization. He's got pretty good plate discipline (.361 lifetime OBA) but little power (.386 lifetime SLG). Coles will be 26 later this month; he's likely Triple-A roster filler. Meyers figures to start the season at Daytona.
Pagan, as you know, was out much of the second half with a serious illness and it was uncertain whether he'd have a shot at making the team anyway. This deal likely solidifies the position of Sam Fuld as a fifth outfielder for 2008, and it may also have saved Matt Murton's spot on the roster.