Mets fans may remember Angel Pagan, who quite capably filled in as the starting left fielder for the first part of last season while Moises Alou was rehabbing. Pagan had shoulder surgery after injuring himself midway through the ‘08 season and then seemingly disappeared from the Mets’ plans, with Daniel Murphy and Gary Sheffield now in the mix.
Things have taken a further turn for the worse for Pagan, who was rehabbing his injury at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Luice, Florida, when he was nabbed by cops for speeding. That wasn’t a big deal in and of itself, but it turns out Pagan has a suspended license and several outstanding traffic-related warrants. Oops.
TCPALM.COM has the details:
On Thursday troopers stopped Pagan, 27, for speeding on Interstate 95 when during a license check deputies learned he was driving on a suspended license and had several warrants, the report states.
Pagan had a valid Arizona’s license but also has a suspended Florida license for not paying a traffic fine on June 15, 2005 in St. Lucie County, the report states. Pagan was on the disabled list following surgery to have a bone spur removed from right elbow. He is rehabbing from elbow surgery at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie.
I’m confused by the having-two-licenses thing. Don’t you have to turn your old license in when you get another?
Also, I know that Pagan isn’t exactly making millions, but he should’ve enough in the bank account to pay a few hundred bucks in fines. He already was facing an uphill climb in making it back to the Mets, now he has to deal with a big legal hassle. One of his outstanding warrants was for failing to appear at an October court date in Florida for driving with a suspended license. But even if he was on the active roster, he’s a Met. It’s not like he’d have anything else going on in October.