Angel Pagan skipping 2017 MLB season to spend time with family

The 35-year-old outfielder did not officially retire, leaving the door open for a possible 2018 return.

Former Giantsoutfielder AngelPagan will not be playing in MLB this season.

Pagan, 35,was a hot commodity after a great showing at the World Baseball Classic this spring, but hehas chosen tospend more time with his family. Hedid not officially retire, leaving the door open for a possible 2018 return.

"I am now dedicating myself to focusing more on my family," Pagan said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. "Devoting the time that my family deserves. I've spent a lot of time away from home."

Paganbecamea free agent this offseason after playing for the Giants since 2012.He was reportedly offered minor-league contractsby the Nationals, PhilliesandBlue Jays, with the Tigers and Braves also interested.

"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 holdsa career.280/.330/.408 slash line with 64 home runs, 414 RBIs and 176 stolen bases.

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