Emilio Pagán was born May 7, 1991, in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is a pitcher in the MLB.
On December 21, 2018, the Athletics traded Pagán to the Tampa Bay Rays in a three team deal in which the Rays also acquired Rollie Lacy and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 MLB draft, the Athletics acquired Jurickson Profar, and the Texas Rangers acquired Brock Burke, Kyle Bird, Yoel Espinal, Eli White, and $750,000 of international signing bonus pool space.
In 2019, after an impressive spring training, Pagán was sent to the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He was recalled on April 16, after Blake Snell fractured his toe. On April 19, Pagán was optioned to Durham when Casey Sadler was recalled, then Pagán was recalled two days later. Pagán later on became the team's closer and finished the season recording 20 saves. He finished with a 2.31 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 70 innings.
On February 8, 2020, the Rays traded Pagán to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Manuel Margot and Logan Driscoll. Through August 20, 2020, Pagán had blown 4 saves and pitched to a 7.36 ERA, but after that point he recorded 10 out of 11 scoreless innings, only surrendering 2 runs with a 1.64 ERA to finish the season.
On April 7, 2022, the Padres traded Pagán, Chris Paddack, and a player to be named later, later announced as pitcher Brayan Medina, to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Taylor Rogers, Brent Rooker, and cash considerations. For the 2022 season, Pagan went 4-6, while recording a 4.43 ERA with 84 strikeouts across 63 innings pitched. He also recorded 9 saves.
On January 13, 2023, Pagán agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Twins, avoiding salary arbitration.